3 Nov 2022- Rail Europe appoints Björn Bender as new President & CEO


A mobility expert to lead the global travel tech company

Paris, France – 3 November 2022 – Rail Europe has appointed Björn Bender as President and CEO. Björn, a mobility expert with 20 years’ experience in the sector, will be bringing his rail expertise, customer centricity and spirit of innovation to the company. Before joining Rail Europe, Björn was Head of Innovation, Research and Incubation at SBB[1], prior to which he led the company’s business unit New Mobility Services.

Before joining SBB, Björn held several positions at DB [2] in Germany, Italy and Austria. After spending six years as International Sales Director for Eastern Europe and later Southern Europe, he was VP Sales & Partner Management for New Mobility from 2015 to 2019.

I am very excited to be joining Rail Europe’s teams. I’ll be making it my personal mission to make European trains more accessible, while facilitating European train digital distribution. The mobility transition and the so-called ‘revenge’ travel period that we are witnessing today holds many opportunities for Rail Europe as a well-known brand with a 90-year history. As people become increasingly aware of climate change, Rail Europe’s positioning will secure the company’s future as a major player with strong, long-term partners. I’m also happy to announce that we will now be offering our B2B solutions to travel agencies, tour operators and Online Travel Agencies all over Europe,“ says Björn Bender.

Björn holds a Master’s degree in general management, majoring in tourism and transport.

About Rail Europe

Rail Europe is a global travel tech company and the reference brand for European train booking. We are the trusted partner of travel professionals and train operators, based on strong relationships going back 90 years. Our rail experts provide tech service solutions to +15,000 travel professionals in 70 countries. International travellers looking for easy European train travel can book their journeys directly with Rail Europe, using our ground-breaking train booking website and app. The company sells around 2.5 million European train tickets every year. Its catalogue of products focuses on European train operators such as SNCF, SBB, Eurostar, Thalys, Trenitalia, Italo, DB, Renfe, ÖBB, SNCB, NS, OUIGO Spain and National Rail, and rail passes including the Swiss Travel Pass and Eurail Passes. Rail Europe is headquartered in Paris. 

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[1]Schweizerischen Bundesbahnen (Swiss Federal Railways)

[2] Deutsche Bahn (German Railways)

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