With effect from 1 August 1996, the ‘transport’ division of the public utility company Stadtwerke Frankfurt am Main GmbH was transferred to Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt am Main mbH. VGF has since come under the umbrella of the Stadtwerke Frankfurt am Main Group GmbH and is now one of the ten largest local transport operators in Germany. VGF accounts for more than 40% of RMV’s turnover.
Meet our directors
Married with two children
VGF’s chief financial officer since 1 October 2013
- WIBERA Wirtschaftsberatung AG (1994 to 1998)
- Stadtwerke Frankfurt am Main GmbH and Stadtwerke Frankfurt am Main Holding GmbH (1998 to date)
Thomas has worked for VGF’s parent company, Stadtwerke Frankfurt am Main Holding GmbH, since May 1998, and became finance director in January 1999.
Technical Managing Director of VGF since 3 May 2017
- Development of local transit vehicles at Siemens AG in Erlangen (1996-2000)
- VGF City Rail Workshop Manager (2000–2009)
- VGF Rail Division Manager (2009-2017)
Mr Rüffer is also a lecturer at TH Darmstadt and a member of the rail vehicle committee of the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV).
Chief executive officer and director of employee relations since 1 January 2014
- ÖTV and ver.di trade unions (1982 to 2005)
- ver.di – Frankfurt am Main district and region (2005 to 2013)
Thomas became chief executive officer and director of employee relations at Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt am Main mbH and Stadtwerke Frankfurt am Main Holding GmbH in January 2014.
VGF’s supervisory board
The supervisory board is an executive body in which half of the members are representatives of the shareholders (members of the municipal authority and the city council) and the other half are representatives of employees. The shareholder representatives are assigned to the supervisory board by the municipal authority. The employee representatives are elected by VGF employees, and include representatives from trade unions, VGF staff and a representative from VGF’s management team. The supervisory board is essentially responsible for monitoring and supervision. Its primary duties include monitoring the board of directors to ensure that they are adhering to the law, performing reliably and effectively, behaving in a proper manner, and running the business profitably. The supervisory board also approves the audited annual accounts and approves the VGF business plan. It usually meets once every three months. Meetings are attended not only by members of the supervisory board but also by directors, expert witnesses, consultants (such as auditors), representatives of the shareholders and the City of Frankfurt’s auditing authority.
The VGF supervisory board currently comprises the following members:
- Klaus Oesterling, municipal councillor, chairman
- Uwe Becker, Mayor und city treasurer
- Erika Pfreundschuh, city councillor
- Eugen Emmerling, municipal councillor
- Claus Möbius, city councillor
- Martin Daum, municipal councillor
- Christian Heimpel, municipal councillor
- Thomas Kirchner, municipal councillor
- Eugenio Muños del Rio, City councillor
- Wolfgang Siefert, municipal councillor
- Tülay Cesur, employee representative
- Karl-Heinz Lebisch, management representative
- Athanasios Stavrakidis, employee representative (deputy chairman)
- Julian Sanchez-Diaz, employee representative
- Jochen Koppel, ver.di trade union secretary
- Eckehard Kalweit, komba trade union
- Roland Laubrock, employee representative
- Anja Röckemann, employee representative
- Andreas Kretzschmar, employee representative
- Arno Poka, employee representative