Clemens Först


Born: 06/01/1976


Doctorate in theoretical physics and chemistry, Vienna and Clausthal University

Area of Responsibility

In his role as CEO of Rail Cargo Group, Clemens Först is in charge of the Finance division as well as the group function Service Design and the digital transformation of Rail Cargo Group. He has held CXO positions in the European rail logistics sector since 2012 and has had many years of experience in logistics on a global scale. As Chairman of the CEO Taskforce of the UIC and CER, Clemens Först plays an active role in increasing the competitiveness of rail freight transport. He is co-founder of Rail Freight Forward, a trans-European initiative committed to drastically reducing the negative impact of freight transport on the planet and mobility through innovation and a more intelligent transport mix.

Professional Career

  • since 2017
    CEO Rail Cargo Austria AG
  • 2015 – 2016
    COO DB Cargo AG
  • 2015
    Managing Director European Contract Logistics - Austria GmbH
  • 2013 – 2014
    CFO Rail Cargo Hungaria Zrt.
    Managing Director Rail Cargo Carrier Kft.
  • 2011 – 2012
    Head of Strategy and Corporate Development, ÖBB-Holding AG
  • 2006 – 2011
    Junior partner Vienna office McKinsey & Company