Who we are

Schlummer Management Consulting combines - thanks to our excellent professionals - valuable railway technology competencies in one team. We assign bespoke teams to your consulting mandate offering optimal support by manpower at its best. We have engineers of various disciplines such as electrical, mechanical or systems engineering and cybernetics working with us. Furthermore, there are industrial engineers, lawyers and physicists with us. The connecting link between our consultants: All of them gained vast experience in well-known rail sector companies such as Bombardier, ABB, Alstom, Knorr Bremse and Deutsche Bahn.

Be assured that you will receive our concentrated expertise and thus the best possible support for your issue. We exactly know what you are talking about!



Born in 1959


  • University degree in Electrical Engineering, RWTH Aachen/Germany (‘Diplom-Ingenieur’)
  • Vocational training as an ‘Electrical and Electronics Installer’

Special emphasis on:

  • Networking and new business development
  • Expert opinion, analysis and problem solving
  • Second opinion for development and decision processes
  • Executive leadership development and coaching


More than 35 years in power engineering and automation technology:

  • Power systems, measurement and control technology, power converter
  • Plant maintenance and repair

More than 25 years in rail industry and railways:

  • Locomotives
  • Freight waggons
  • Light rail vehicles

More than 25 years executive level experience:

  • Several line functions in development, project management, international sales and production at ABB Henschel and ABB Daimler Benz Transportation (ADtranz)
  • Plant Manager at ABB Automation, plant Göttingen (500 staff)
  • President of worldwide activities, business unit ‘Locomotives & Freight’, Bombardier Transportation (2.000 staff)
  • Executive board member for the central region, DB Schenker Rail Deutschland AG (23.000 staff)
  • Several supervisory board positions

More than 10 years in technology and management consulting:

  • Senior Consultant, ABB Management Consulting GmbH, Mannheim
  • Founder and Managing Director, Schlummer Management Consulting GmbH, Zierenberg

„ At the end of the last decade the liberalisation of rail cargo, increasing technical requirements on locomotives and the growing economic pressure on railways resulted in a massive need for expertise in railway undertakings. Due to demographic change and economic compulsions a lot of engineering personnel got lost. Thus, the idea arose of pooling and providing external, highly specialized minds to compensate the missing expertise. In the meantime, we at SMC have been supporting our customers for already ten years. Many successfully delivered projects prove our innovative technical as well as commercial advances for railway undertakings and industry alike.”

  • Edmund Schlummer, General Manager Schlummer Management Consulting GmbH

Vita of Christiane Brunn

Personal emphasis on:

  • Development, implementation and realisation of strategic programs and projects
  • Comprehensive maintenance concepts for rail vehicles, condition-based maintenance
  • Holistic process management
  • Coaching in the areas of PM, team and leadership development
  • Restructuring, enhancement or set-up of business, joint ventures


  • University degree in Business Administration specialising in production & logistics, organisation & personnel, WWU University of Münster/Germany (‘Diplom-Kauffrau’)
  • Process Manager at Porsche Academy


More than 17 years of experience in railway undertakings:

  • Railway business, rail vehicle maintenance, lean production, logistics
  • Business strategy, market analysis and development for rail vehicle maintenance
  • Thorough reorganisation of production and business units
  • Process and quality management, optimisation of materials management and logistics
  • Strategy development and realisation

More than 8 years executive level experience:

  • Plant Manager DB Fahrzeuginstandhaltung GmbH (Vehicle Maintenance) with profit center responsibility (900 staff)
  • General manager product division EMU/electric motorised trains, member of extended board of directors
  • Head of process & quality management

Around 10 years consulting experience:

  • Consulting projects with DB AG corporate strategy department Development
  • Freelance consulting and coaching projects for private railways and the producing

„Seen from ecological point of view the railway is a most useful means of transportation. I want to contribute to make the railway more efficient and competitive with road and air traffic. My daily incentive is to prevent waste in business processes and to establish a climate of continuous change.

At Schlummer Management Consulting I meet peers who know an amazing lot about rail vehicles and rail business. Every day again it’s a great pleasure working together with these bright minds – to the good of our customers and the ‘trademark’ railway alike.”

  • Christiane Brunn, Partner Schlummer Management Consulting GmbH

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