Who we are

As a full-service provider, we offer our clients forward-looking solutions in three major areas: engineering, consulting and operations. Infrastructure excellence is at the core of every service we offer, across each of these areas – that is the backbone of the DB E.C.O. Group.

Our mission is to merge our expertise in the integrated rail system with digital technology along the entire length of the value chain. The DB E.C.O. Group dovetails engineering, rail and digital expertise, enabling us to develop, combine and scale products and services for our clients worldwide. Our purpose is to be a force that drives Strong Rail, offering innovative and sustainable solutions that shape the future

of mobility and transport around the globe. We are in an excellent position to press ahead with digitalizing every aspect of the rail system. Our team is 7.600 experts strong, hailing from 96 nations and all disciplines. We are dedicated, highly skilled and international. We work closely with our business partners to deliver reliable, integrated, cost-effective solutions for complex projects.

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DB Engineering & Consulting

DB Engineering & Consulting (DB E&C) offers outstanding consulting, design and implementation services for infrastructure and mobility solutions. We have implemented projects in over 100 countries.

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DB International Operations

DB International Operations (DB IO) operates and maintains passenger rail transport and rail freight services (including rolling stock and rail infrastructure) outside Europe.

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infraView operates one of the world´s largest IoT platforms for condition monitoring and predictive maintenance in the railway sector and offers solutions for monitoring vehicles and systems.

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ESE is the leading partner for the development of complex mobility system solutions providing technology consulting, technical system and software development as well assessments of safety-critical applications.

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inno2grid develops sustainable mobility and energy solutions – from consulting and conception, to offering software and service solutions.

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DB E.C.O. North America*

DB E.C.O. North America is a rail and transit consultancy that offers specialized management and technical consulting services to agencies, private companies, and operators in rail and public transportation in the United States and Canada.

Our management

Niko Warbanoff | CEO

Niko Warbanoff was born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1975. He studied industrial engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Esslingen. After earning his degree, he worked for Daimler for ten years, where he gained experience in a variety of management positions around the globe, before starting his career with Deutsche Bahn in 2009.

Initially responsible for special tasks for the CEO of Deutsche Bahn AG, Warbanoff joined the Board of Managing Directors of DB International in 2010 and was appointed Chairman a year later. When DB International and DB Projektbau merged to form DB Engineering & Consulting (DB E&C) in 2016, Warbanoff was appointed CEO of the new company, a position he held until 2023.

In August 2022, Warbanoff was additionally appointed CEO of DB International Operations GmbH (DB IO), which focuses on rail operations and maintenance in non-European countries. Warbanoff is also the CEO of the DB E.C.O. Group, where DB E&C and DB IO make up the two key pillars of business. In this capacity, Warbanoff is currently responsible for a total of 7.600 employees.

Andrea Bertallot | German Market

Andrea Bertallot was born in Berlin. She studied civil engineering at Berlin University of Applied Sciences.

Having held a variety of project and management positions at DB ProjektBau, DB International and DB Engineering & Consulting, where her work centered on business model development, organizational development and strategy implementation throughout the business, Bertallot served as Chief Technology Officer from 2019 until 2023.

In August 2022 Bertallot was appointed Managing Director for the German Market Division at the DB E.C.O. Group and DB Engineering & Consulting. In January 2024 she was appointed CEO of DB Engineering & Consulting.

Dr. Ulla Kopp | Finance/Controlling

Born in Tübingen, Dr. Ulla Kopp graduated from Karlsruhe Technical University with a degree in industrial engineering, after which she earned her doctorate in economics at the University of St. Gallen.

Kopp’s academic career was followed by six years in a variety of positions at Bertelsmann AG. She then served as CFO at the University of Witten/Herdecke gGmbH and later at Jahreszeiten Verlag and Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH.

Kopp was appointed to the Board of Managing Directors of DB Engineering & Consulting in November 2017, and to the Managing Board of the DB E.C.O. Group in 2019. In both organizations, she serves as Managing Director for Finance and Controlling. In addition to this role, she also served as interim Managing Director for Human Resources from May to October 2023.

Stefan Geisperger | International Markets and Consulting

Stefan Geisperger was born in Straubing, Germany, in 1963. He studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Munich and subsequently held management positions in the automotive supplier industry.

Prior to joining DB in 2013, Geisperger gained further experience in management teams at medium-sized companies active international business. At DB, he was initially responsible for a business segment with several maintenance depots at DB Fahrzeuginstandhaltung and later took charge of global sales of maintenance services.

Geisperger joined DB Engineering & Consulting in 2020 as Spokesperson for the Regional Management of Regions Southeastern and Southern Germany. In August 2022 he was appointed to the Board of Managing Directors of DB Engineering & Consulting and the Managing Board of the DB E.C.O. Group. He serves as Managing Director for International Markets and Consulting in both organizations.

Jeroen Hansmann | Human Resources

Jeroen Hansmann was born in Münster, Germany.

After studying law at the Free University in Berlin, he worked at a consulting firm before joining DB in 2004. At DB, he held several regional and corporate HR positions at DB ProjektBau, DB Netz and DB Group Management, before being appointed to the Board of Managing Directors of DB Fahrzeuginstandhaltung at the beginning of 2015.

In 2018, Hansmann took on the role of Head of Change Management at Deutsche Bahn.

Hansmann was appointed Managing Director for Human Resources at DB Engineering & Consulting and the DB E.C.O. Group in October 2023.

*DB E.C.O. North America Inc. is an independent member of DB Group governed by a board of directors appointed by its shareholder, DB US Holding Corporation.

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Sustainable changes

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability are key values at DB E.C.O. Group. We see CSR as a conviction and a driving force for positive change that extends beyond our company.

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