We move people. To work, on holiday, to big destinations and on little adventures. Every day, we set out to take you from one place to another safely, comfortably and on time. With a clear outlook and fresh ideas, we are taking the future of mobility in our hands. What moves you, moves us. Welcome to Keolis Deutschland.
The people behind it all: up close and personal with management
It's my job to support my team, so that there's a fine distinction between good and very good.
As a little girl, Magali Euverte Brände wanted to solve problems; today, she sparks interest for modern transport. After graduating from the French engineering college École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, she started out as a team leader and later became a training manager at SNCF. In the following years she moved to long-distance transport and became responsible for Strategy and Change Management for TGV. In 2016 she came to Keolis Deutschland and in 2017 became chair of the management board. She is married, has three children and lives with her family in North Rhine-Westphalia.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Firewoman or doctor. Here you need to find the best solutions to complex problems as quickly as possible – and always focus on people at their individual work stations.
How do you explain what you do to your friends?
Every day we make a difference to the lives of our passengers. It's my job to support my team, so that there's a fine distinction between good and very good.
What should management never do?
Lose focus on their passengers and employees.
How do you start your day at the office? Describe the first ten minutes.
I go round and say hello to my colleagues, who update me with what's going on.
What personal items have you decorated your office with?
Presents from my children, souvenirs and lots of books – they support me and help me to constantly improve.
Describe your perfect day off from work.
Spending time with my family and friends and discovering new things.
Safely onwards: from North Rhine-Westphalia to the Netherlands
Keolis has been active in Germany since 1999 and operates modern public regional rail passenger transport under the name "eurobahn". Today, Keolis Deutschland is located in Düsseldorf and is the largest private transport provider in North Rhine-Westphalia. The company is currently responsible for four transport networks reaching as far as Lower Saxony, North Hesse and the Netherlands. Since december 2017 the entire rail network consists of 16.3 million kilometres, which will increase to 21.2 million by 2020.
High speed from Dortmund to Aachen
Since December 2016, Keolis train drivers have had access to Thalys lines within Germany, ensuring that Keolis Deutschland has not only been safe and reliable, but has also been getting passengers to their destinations at 320 km/h. The highly qualified drivers receive special training for the international high-speed trains and travel between Cologne, Aachen and Dortmund.
More than 70,000 passengers rely on Keolis Deutschland every day
With around 685 employees, including more than 400 train drivers and on-board train staff, Keolis Deutschland transports more than 70,000 passengers across the region every day. Business operations are managed at our sites in Bielefeld, Hamm and Düsseldorf, where innovative transport concepts are developed that significantly influence the future of mobility.
Looking to the future: Keolis in 2020
We're laying tracks for the future: in 2019, Keolis Deutschland will be travelling an impressive 21.2 million kilometres on five networks. That is twice the current market share, resulting in twice as many employees in operations and double the vehicle fleet. Every day 133 trains will be moved from A to B – 112 of which are electric locomotives and 21 of which are diesel locomotives.
On site at many locations
Our control centre in Hamm remains responsible for operations and can be reached 24 hours a day, while administrative duties are carried out at our headquarters in Düsseldorf. In addition, we have a number of staff lounges for our railway engineers and customer representatives at various locations, including 12 in North Rhine-Westphalia. And last but not least, our workshops in Hamm and Bielefeld ensure that everything is running smoothly.
Quality meets safety
On top of their comprehensive and advanced training, every year our train drivers receive two days of theory teaching, a simulation session and many other training courses. Individual trainers are available for all qualification and instruction requirements. And in the event of an emergency, our emergency teams can be on the scene in no time at all. Safety first!
On course for success
We strive to continuously improve performance within the network in the future, while at the same time participating in tenders for new routes. We see a huge amount of growth potential and excellent opportunities here, as we can rely on our own experience as well as the expertise of our parent company, Keolis S.A. Always with one goal in mind: to provide the best service for our passengers and promote mobility in Germany!