Dr. Rüdiger Grube is the new Chairman of HHLA’s Supervisory Board

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Dr. Rüdiger Grube is the new Chairman of HHLA’s Supervisory Board

With the former CEO of Deutsche Bahn AG an experienced manager is appointed as Chairman of HHLA’s Supervisory Board.

“After air, road and rail, it’s now water,” is what the daily newspaper Die Welt wrote when it was announced that Dr. Rüdiger Grube was to become the new Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA). This succinctly sums up the manager’s varied career.  

The new Chairman of the Supervisory Board began his career with the aircraft manufacturer Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm. He then joined Deutsche Airbus and also had managerial responsibilities in various positions at Deutsche Aerospace AG. The company was renamed Daimler-Benz Aerospace AG in 1995 and, aside from a brief interlude, Dr. Grube remained with the Daimler Group. He initially held the position of Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Strategy. In 2001, he was appointed to the Executive Board, where he was responsible for Group Development, Mergers & Acquisitions, Information Technology and Equity Holdings. 

In 2009, he then transitioned to the next mode of transport rail. Until January 2017, Dr. Grube was the CEO of Deutsche Bahn AG, making him one of the most well-known managers in Germany. When HHLA’s Supervisory Board appointed him as its new Chairman on 21 June 2017, this was actually only a partial switch to water, because one of Europe’s most successful providers of seaport-hinterland traffic, the Metrans Group, is part of the HHLA Group. Additionally, Dr. Grube has been a member of the Supervisory Board of the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) in the past. 

He quickly won over the shareholders in attendance at the Annual General Meeting in June 2017 when, at the beginning of his introductory speech, he confessed to being a Hamburger through and through. Dr. Grube was born in Hamburg in 1951 and grew up on a farm in the Moorburg part of the city, which has been part of the port expansion area since 1982. 

After training as a metal aircraft constructor, Dr. Grube studied vehicle construction and flight engineering in Hamburg. He subsequently completed another degree in vocational and business education in his home town and obtained a PhD in 1986 from the University of Kassel. By his own account, he goes jogging every morning for around an hour and occasionally runs half marathons at the weekend. His hobbies also include sailing. 


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