Bruno M. Lochbrunner

Brings to life the train stations of the future


About SBB

Swiss Federal Railway is the national railway company of Switzerland. It is usually referred to by the initials of its German, French and Italian names, either concatenated as SBB CFF FFS, or used separately. The company is headquartered in Bern. It used to be a government institution, but since 1999 it has been a special stock corporation whose shares are held by the Swiss Confederation or the Swiss cantons. Swiss Federal Railways is divided into four divisions and eight groups. The divisions manage and develop the relevant operational business. These divisions are:
Passenger traffic, Cargo, Infrastructure, Real estate
The groups serves however the purpose of managing and controlling the company and supporting the operational business of the divisions with service and support function. These groups are:
Finance, HR, IT, Communications, Corporate Development, Safety & Quality, Legal and Compliance, Supply Chain Management
The corporation is led in an entrepreneurial manner. A performance agreement between Swiss Federal Railways and the Swiss Confederation defines the requirements and is updated every four years. At the same time the compensation rates per train and track-kilometre are defined. Subsidiary SBB GmbH is responsible for passenger traffic in Germany. It operates the Wiesentalbahn and the Seehas services. Further subsidiaries are Thurbo, RegionAlps, AlpTransit Gotthard AG, Cisalpino AG and TiLo (the latter in consortium with Italian authorities). The Swiss Federal Railways hold significant shares of the Zentralbahn and Lyria SAS. To maintain heritage, the Stiftung Historisches Erbe der SBB (“SBB Historic”) was founded in 2002. This foundation takes care of the historic rolling stock and runs a technical library in Bern, document and photographic archives, and the SBB poster collection.

Zurich main station

The field application of a variety of technologies make the Zurich main station the most digital traffic hub of the world. Different technologies are being pioneered, tested of their acceptance and relevance in the daily business and reviewed. The learnings will help to identify which technologies are being rolled out to the other train stations in Switzerland and will be applied in the Urban Real Estate development. The Swiss Railways are the rising star in Real Estate in Switzerland. Within only 15 years the Swiss Railways have made it from scratch to the player with the largest Real Estate Portfolio (almost 100 Million m2) in Switzerland.



Bruno has been the Head of Conceptional Station Management since September 2016. He is responsible for conceptional topics und issues concerning the station management which is a part of the property management at the real estate division at SBB AG (Swiss Railways). He is also the driving force behind the ambitious project “My smart station Zürich HB”. The goal of the project is to make Zurich main station the most personalized und digitized mobility hub in the world by 2019.

Before becoming Head of Conceptional Station Management in 2016 he had contributed in positions within the Swiss Railway Group for which he is working now for more than 20 years. Bruno holds three Master Degrees. He studied business administration and controlling at the universities of applied sciences of Berne and Lucerne and real estate management at the university of Zurich.