Dr Sigrid Evelyn Nikutta has been Chairwoman of the Management Board and Operations at the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) since 1 October 2010. She is the first woman ever to head the company and has overseen its return to profit for the first time in seven decades.
Dr Nikutta studied psychology at Bielefeld University from 1988 to 1993, with a particular focus on occupational, industrial and organisational psychology. In 2009, she completed a doctoral degree entitled ‘Mit 60 im Management – Vorstand oder altes Eisen?’ at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. From 1993, she worked in the management of a medium-sized business in Bielefeld, before joining Deutsche Bahn AG in 1996, where she would hold various management functions over the next 15 years: she was Director of Human Resources at DB Schenker Rail in the Cargo Division of Deutsche Bahn, Director of Production and Business Management Spokesperson of the Block Train Transport Division in Mainz and most recently Director of Production at the Polish DB subsidiary Schenker Rail Polska.
In addition to managing the BVG, Dr Nikutta also performs various official functions and is a member on several committees. She is Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of BT Berlin Transport GmbH, the BVG’s largest subsidiary, Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of the Institute of Railway Technology (IGB) and a Member of the Senate at the German Aerospace Center (DLR). She is also a Committee Member of the German Transport Forum (DVF) and the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV) and a Policy Board Member at the International Association of Public Transport (UITP). In addition, she is a Committee Member of the Association of Berlin Merchants and Industrialists (VBKI).
In 2017, she received the Berlin Women’s Prize for her consistent and successful commitment to promoting women and equality among the Berlin transport company Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG).
In 2012 she was awarded with the prestigious “Female Manager of the Year” by Mestermacher Group.
Born on 1 April 1969 in Szczytno in the Masurian Lakelands, Dr Nikutta grew up in Eastern Westphalia. She is married with five children.