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Dr Ing. Klaus Rüffler (Human Resources), Gerald Hofer (Operations) and Bodo Gmel (Finance & Controlling) are in charge of DB Systel.

Dr Klaus Rüffler, Managing Director Human Resources

Dr Klaus Rüffler holds a doctorate in law. After studying law at the universities of Mainz and Frankfurt am Main, he began his career as an in-house lawyer in various companies in the construction and real estate industry. Since 2000, he has held various management positions at Deutsche Bahn AG. He was Head of Legal Affairs for Track Infrastructure, and from 2005 until the end of 2008, Head of Civil Servant Affairs. Dr Klaus Rüffler has been Managing Director of Human Resources at DB Systel since 1 December, 2008.


Bodo Gmel, Managing Director Finance/Controlling

Bodo Gmel

After studying economics at the University of Cologne, Bodo Gmel began his professional career as an auditor and then head auditor. After gaining the tax consultant qualification, he worked at various companies, including in corporate controlling and as Deputy Head of Division and Affiliate Controlling at RWE Systems. Since 2003, he has held various management positions at Deutsche Bahn AG, most recently as Head of Controlling for Group Management. Bodo Gmel has been Managing Director Finance/Controlling at DB Systel since 1 October, 2015.


Gerald Hofer, Managing Director Operations

Gerald Hofer

Gerald Hofer is a business economist (VWA) and started his career as a freelance consultant and project manager for infrastructure and IT. While working in various management positions, including as Vice President Application Line at T-Systems International, he also completed postgraduate courses, including a Master of Science in Strategic Information Management.

In 2005, he moved to DB Systel GmbH as Head of Data Centre and took on further leadership roles until 2014, including as Head of Business Development (ppa.). In 2014, he left DB Systel to work for QSC AG as Head of ICT Operations and Member of the Executive Board (ppa.). In November 2015, Hofer returned to DB Systel and took over the position of Managing Director Operations.