Dr. Heike Hanagarth

Dr Heike Hanagarth is senator of the Helmholtz Association for the research field Aeronautics, Space and Transport. She was head of the Deutsche Bahn AG’s Technology and Environment Board division until the end of July 2015.

Hanagarth studied mechanical engineering at Karlsruhe Technical University (TU) from 1978 to 1984 and worked there as scientific assistant at the Institute for Materials Science from 1984 to 1988. She gained her doctorate in 1989, by which time she was working for the Daimler-Benz AG.

In 1988 she began her career at the Daimler-Benz AG in Mannheim in the position of assistant to the technical works management. In 1993 she became head of the Material and Process Engineering department in the sector commercial vehicle engine construction, grey iron foundries and omnibus construction.

Heike Hanagarth moved to the MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH in 1998 as senior departmental head in charge of assembly, test benches and paint shop. In this position, she was put in charge of reorganizing the company's entire production process and organisational structure, this being made necessary by the launch of new products and increased production. The newly launched products included the 4000 engine series and the MTU PowerPack drive system. Both components are used in the Deutsche Bahn’s diesel locomotives and trains. In order to meet the growing demand for MTU drive systems, she introduced new quality standards and shorter lead times and, at the same time, was able to reduce costs considerably.

In 2005 she took over responsibility for the worldwide quality management of the engine and drive shaft production, and also for the approval procedure for motors and drive units.

In 2007, following the company’s IPO and the ensuing reorganisation, Hanagarth was responsible for setting up and enhancing the quality management and risk management of the Tognum Group worldwide.

One year later she became CEO of the ROTORION Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Tognum AG with locations in Germany and the USA. On 1 July 2008 this sector began production of drive shafts for automobile manufacturers as an independent limited company. From 2009 to 2010 Hanagarth belonged to the executive board of the IFY Rotorion-Holding GmbH, and then went on to lead an important strategic joint venture project in Eastern Europe for Tognum AG from 2010 to 2011.

In 2011 she moved to the BMW Group and served as head of the engine manufacturing plant in Munich with around 2,000 employees until November 2013.

Heike Hanagarth took over responsibility as member of the management board for Rail Technology and Environment at Deutsche Bahn AG from December 2013 until July 2015. In February 2015, she was appointed to the expert council of the high tech forum for the implementation and development of the federal government's high tech strategy.

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