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Heinz Dürr is dead: The inspiring story of the ex-railway boss

2023-11-29T14:48:55.177Z

Highlights: Heinz Dürr was head of the German Federal Railways from 1991 to 1999. He took over the post at the request of the then Chancellor Helmut Kohl. He pushed ahead with the merger of the Bundesbahn and the Reichsbahn as well as the conversion of the official railway into a private-sector company. From 1990 to 2013, he was Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the machine and plant manufacturer DüRR AG. He and his wife Heide had three daughters.



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Heinz Dürr has died at the age of 90. © Tom Weller / dpa

Heinz Dürr has turned his parents' company into a global corporation. The entrepreneur and top manager became known nationwide as the head of Deutsche Bahn. Now he has died at the age of 90.

Bietigheim-Bissingen - The entrepreneur and former head of Deutsche Bahn Heinz Dürr has died. He died on Monday evening at the age of 90 in Berlin, as the machine and plant manufacturer Dürr AG announced on Wednesday in Bietigheim-Bissingen. From 1990 to 2013, Heinz Dürr was Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Dürr AG.

In 1991, the entrepreneur became head of the German Federal Railways. He had taken over the post at the request of the then Chancellor Helmut Kohl (CDU). With the railway reform, he pushed ahead with the merger of the Bundesbahn and the Reichsbahn as well as the conversion of the official railway into a private-sector company. In 1997, the then 64-year-old moved to the Supervisory Board, which he chaired until 1999.

From locksmith to railway boss: The unusual career of Heinz Dürr

Born in 1933, Dürr first completed an apprenticeship as a locksmith and then studied mechanical engineering in Stuttgart. He joined the family business in 1957 and drove forward internationalization. In the 1970s, he made a name for himself as a negotiator for the metal employers in the collective bargaining negotiations.

In 1980, he gave up his position as head of the family-owned company Dürr and moved to the top of the electrical company AEG, which was in financial difficulties. It then found a new home under the umbrella of the former Daimler-Benz AG. Dürr and his wife Heide had three daughters. (dpa, lf)

Source: merkur

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