Rüdiger Grube

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Rüdiger Grube, then-CEO of Deutsche Bahn AG, Germany - during the Electromobility Summit 2013 in Berlin

Rüdiger Grube (born 2 August 1951) is a German engineer who currently serves as the vice president of Hyundai Motor Company, the chairman of the board of Deutsche Bahn through January 2017, and was the Chairman of EADS between April 2007 and April 2009.[1][2][3]

Early life[edit]

Grube was born in Hamburg in 1951. After technical training in metal aircraft construction, he went on to study automotive engineering and aircraft construction at the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg, graduating as a qualified engineer. He studied vocational and business teaching there also at a later date. Between 1981 and 1986, he taught in production and engineering at the university, before completing a doctorate in industrial science and polytechnology.[3]


Grube started his career in 1989 at Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm and went on to work in a number of posts at DaimlerBenz including senior vice president and head of corporate strategy. He also worked for DaimlerChrysler.[4]

On April 25, 2009, Grube signed a five-year contract to become CEO of Deutsche Bahn AG, starting from May 1st 2009.[5] The company at the time had been hit very hard by the recession and was facing questions over some of its technology-based decisions. Grube announced cuts at the firm.[4] In 2015, after the longest driver strike in the company’s history, Grube launched another restructuring to cut costs and modernite the rail system. That year the company recorded a €1.3 billion net loss, despite a slight rise in revenue to nearly €41 billion, a record at the time.[6]

Between 2013 and 2017, Grube accompanied Chancellor Angela Merkel on a total of three state visits abroad.[7]

In January 2017, Grube stepped down over disagreements concerning the extension of his contract which would have expired at the end of the year. The board had been prepared to offer Grube a two-year renewal of his contract, but he was seeking a three-year extension as well as a pay rise. When the board members would not agree on this, he offered his resignation.[8] CFO Richard Lutz became acting CEO.

In July 2017, financial advisory firm and asset manager Lazard appointed Grube as chairman of investment banking in Germany.[9] In addition, he serves as a director for Mitsubishi, McLaren Group, Hyundai and also serves as a non-executive director for EADS.[4]

Other activities[edit]

Corporate boards[edit]

Non-profit organizations[edit]

Personal life[edit]

From his first marriage Grube has a son and a daughter. On 8 August 2015 he married chef Cornelia Poletto (born 1971). Frank-Walter Steinmeier, then Germany's foreign minister, was best man.


  1. ^ "Dr. Rüdiger Grube, Chairman and CEO of DB AG". Deutsche Bahn AG. Archived from the original on 27 May 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Daimler-Strategiechef ersetzt Bischoff bei EADS". Handelsblatt GmbH. 5 April 2007. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Rudiger Grube". EuropeanCEO.com. 22 September 2010. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  4. ^ a b c "Rudiger Grube Executive Profile". Business Week. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Ruediger Grube installed as Deutsche Bahn CEO". Business Week. Retrieved 2009-04-25.
  6. ^ Patrick McGee (January 30, 2017), Deutsche Bahn chief quits after dispute with board over pay Financial Times.
  7. ^ Christian Schlesiger (September 8, 2017), Siemens-Chef Kaeser am häufigsten bei Delegationsreisen dabei Wirtschaftswoche.
  8. ^ Patrick McGee (January 30, 2017), Deutsche Bahn chief quits after dispute with board over pay Financial Times.
  9. ^ Vibhuti Sharma (July 13, 2017), Lazard names new chairman of investment banking for Germany Reuters.
  10. ^ Members of the Regional Advisory Board, 2018 Deutsche Bank.
  11. ^ Presidium Federation of German Industries (BDI).
  12. ^ Board of Trustees Alexander Otto Sports Foundation.
  13. ^ Board of Trustees "Deutschland rundet auf", press release of December 5, 2017.
  14. ^ Board Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft.

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Preceded by
Hartmut Mehdorn
CEO of Deutsche Bahn AG
2009 – 2017
Succeeded by
Richard Lutz