Former DB executive to lead new Hector Rail unit in Germany

One of Hector Rail's six Class 161 locomotives. Credit: Hector Rail.
One of Hector Rail's six Class 161 locomotives. Credit: Hector Rail.

Hector Rail has strengthened its position in the ‘strategically important’ market of Germany with the creation of a special unit.

Hector Rail in Germany has been established as an independent division to capitalise on potential long-term growth opportunities for the company in Germany.

The new unit will be led by Stig Kyster-Hansen, who has a strong background in the European rail freight industry and has held leading positions within the DB Group in Germany and Scandinavia. Stig has also played a vital role in the start-up of ERS Railways in the Netherlands and Germany. He will become managing director on January 1, 2018.

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Hector Rail is a Swedish-based European freight operator. Since November 2016, GB Railfreight has been a part of the Hector Rail Group.

Stig said: “I am very much looking forward to use my experience and knowledge in leading and implementing the proven strong business model of Hector Rail and GB Railfreight as strong and innovative challenger on the German rail freight market to the benefit of the German rail freight customers.”

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