Freight train in Switzerland. Photo: Siemens

All change at the top for SBB Cargo and Hupac

Freight train in Switzerland. Photo: Siemens

Sven Flore has been named as the new CEO of SBB Cargo International, replacing Michail Stahlhut, who has taken over as the head of Hupac Intermodal. 

Flore, 54, who was most recently working as a rail advisor and managing a locomotive leasing firm, brings decades of logistics management experience. His previous companies include TX Logistik and Rail4Chem, and he has a technical expertise that will support him with tasks including renewing SBB’s fleet and developing its interoperability.


In a statement, SBB Cargo International’s board of directors congratulated Flore on his appointment and wished him every success in the role. They also paid tribute to the part played in SBB’s development by his predecessor Michail Stahlhut (above, right) since its launch in 2010. This includes the company’s successful preparations for rail freight transports through the Gotthard Base Tunnel in 2016.

A railway engineer by trade, Stahlhut, 50, initially takes over as head of the subsidiary Hupac Intermodal Ltd, and after a two-year transitional phase will also manage the parent company, Hupac Ltd. Beni Kunz, the MD of both operations since 2001, will continue to head Hupac Ltd for two more years from this August.


Hans-Jörg Bertschi, Chairman of Hupac’s board of directors, said: “A seamless change is important to us to ensure a maximum continuity and reliability to our customers and partners. Michael is a successful professional in European rail freight transportation and is expected to continue growing Hupac’s business. Hupac will benefit from Stahlhut’s railway experience. Railway know-how plus market proximity are key for the success of intermodal transport.”

Author: Simon Weedy

Simon is a journalist for - a dedicated online platform for all the news about the rail freight sector

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