Leadership committee

The Leadership committee is made up of the CPOs (or relevant C-suite representative) of each Member type A company. The committee has oversight for the initiative, ratifies important decisions, gives strategic guidance to the Membership committee (see below) and represents the initiative to external stakeholders.

Christophe Gourlay_Alstom_2As CPO of Alstom, a leading company in Railways business, Christophe Gourlay is in charge of the global sourcing organization. Christophe started his career in 1988 in Dassault Electronique whereby he held several positions in major military programs such as the development of the Rafale fighter aircraft. With Alstom since 1999, Christophe held several positions in France and Overseas. Manager of strategic projects such as the driverless Circle Line metro in Singapore, Christophe was also the head of Transport activities in Australia/ New Zealand, Customer Director for RATP, VP for Mainline activities and then Europe Component sites.

Since 2014, he was the Managing Director of the Valenciennes site. Christophe holds an engineering graduate of ENSEA.


Charles O’Donnell is Chief Procurement Officer for Bombardier Transportation. He joined BT in May 2005 and prior to that held senior roles at NCR Corporation, Philips and Polaroid Corporation. His initial background is Product Design and Development. He has worked extensively in building global supply chains in different industry sectors with special focus on Brazil, India and China reflecting global growth in these Regions. His focus is to achieve a global consistent way of working across the supply chain from an Industry perspective. As such he is a strong advocate of initiatives which ensure a robust sustainable supplier base for BT and the industry.

Uwe Guenther studied Electrical Engineering and Business Administration. Before joining Deutsche Bahn (DB) in 2007, he was active in various procurement leadership positions in the aviation as well as in other industries. From 2011 to 2014 he leads the infrastructure procurement department of DB.

Since July 2014 Uwe Guenther is Chief Procurement Officer of Deutsche Bahn AG.

DrNicolasLange_KnorrB_04Dr. Nicolas Lange was born in Amsterdam, he is married with three children. Before joining Knorr-Bremse in 2000, he graduated in mechanical engineering and holds a Doctor degree (Ph.D.) in transmission engineering from the Technical University of Munich.  From July 2006, he was Head of the department Brake Mechanics Technology before he got responsible as Vice President of the Center of Competence Bogie Equipment in May 2009.  With effect from July 1, 2017 Dr. Lange was appointed as additional Member of the Management Board of Knorr-Bremse Systeme für Schienenfahrzeuge GmbH.

Jeroen Wegkamp holds master degrees in Chemical Engineering and Business Administration NS next: One Procurement bijeenkomst: zakelijk portretand is a certified internal auditor. Since September 2013 Jeroen is CPO of NS (Dutch Railways).

Before joining NS in 2013 he held various finance and procurement related leadership positions within Essent-RWE, ultimately being responsible for the German and Dutch procurement activities. Before that he had a career as management consultant and interim manager.

Jeroen lives in Amersfoort together with his wife and three daughters.

Foto Edgardo B_N_1_150x150Holding a degree in Economics from Università Bocconi (Milan), Edgardo Greco is CPO at Rete Ferroviaria Italiana S.p.A (RFI) since 2013.

With about 15 years of experience at RFI Edgardo has held several different positions within the company, mainly leading RFI’s compliance and audit departments.

Edgardo is based in Rome, Italy.

SBB_Hofer2Samuel Hofer has a law background with an additional degree in business. He began his carrier in the banking industry and joined SBB in 2005 as a purchase controller.

Due to his different purchasing positions inside SBB, he has a profound knowledge in various railway specific procurement areas. He has overseen strategic procurement areas such as track material, maintenance services and energy. Furthermore he was involved in different International Union of Railways committees concerning procurement. Since 2014 he leads the SBB Real Estate procurement team and is member of the procurement board of the SBB.

Stefan Bürkle began his career in 1996 as a consultant and project manager at A.T. Kearney Paris, where he gained initial experience in procurement. He was appointed Associate Director EMEA for  Procurement Processes and Systems at Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2005 and went on to become Purchasing Director for the Giraud International group in 2006, where he was responsible for  purchasing and cost-cutting programmes. He joined SNCF Group in 2010 at the helm of the Geodis Purchasing department, when his former company was acquired by Geodis.

Stefan Bürkle was named Purchasing Director for SNCF Group on 1 January 2013. His mission is to successfully carry out the Purchasing transformation programme, drive performance and efficiency, incorporate CSR into purchasing, and thereby contribute to building the new SNCF.

Overall, SNCF Purchasing handles more than €13 billion worth of purchases a year (excluding subcontracting of road, air and sea freight within Geodis).



Membership committee

The Membership committee is made up of representatives from each of the participating companies (Member type A and B); this group has the role to plan and implement the activities for the initiative.



Membership of Railsponsible is open to any company in the railway industry supply chain that believes in the vision and mission of the initiative, subject to rules and requirements and an onboarding scheme for new members.

All Railsponsible members have the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate leadership in sustainable procurement practices specific to the railway sector by joining this industry initiative.
  • Track the sustainability performance of suppliers and improve internal sustainability risk management processes
  • Drive better sustainability performance for your suppliers through participation in shared supplier assessment campaigns, on a common data platform with one common questionnaire (Member type A only); and benefit from shared KPI reports from the initiative; benefit from the shared efforts to engage and assess supplier sustainability performance and shared KPI reports for the initiative.
  • Share best practices with peers about how to manage key sustainability trends and challenges in the railway sector


How the initiative worksMembership Chart

At a minimum, members are required to have their CPO sign the Initiative Charter, demonstrating that their company shares the vision, mission and commitments of the organization; sign the Initiative Scope of Work and pay the annual membership fee; and have a sustainability assessment system in place that covers at least 60% of relevant procurement spend, either through use of EcoVadis (Member type A) or another equivalent system (Member type B).

You can also consult our Q&A document here. For a more detailed overview of Railsponsible’s governance please have a look at the respective handbook here.

If you are interested in joining, please contact us to discuss in more detail.