New chief legal officer for BVG. Steinbrecher joins the group

Since February, the corporate legal department of the Berlin Public Transport Authority (BVG) has had a new head: 47-year-old Dr. Alexander Steinbrecher (pictured), formerly Head of Legal Germany at delivery services Gorillas and Getir. The position at BVG had been vacant for some time.

Steinbrecher began his career at Bombardier Transportation and was head of the legal department of the Alstom Urban Transport & Services division in Germany before becoming Head of Legal Germany at Getir in 2022, a rapidly growing startup from Turkey.

He supported the food delivery company in entering the German market and in the acquisition and integration of Berlin competitor Gorillas. With the acquisition, the legal team of the startup grew to around a dozen professionals.

Last summer, it was announced that Getir was scaling back its operations in Western Europe and limiting supermarket product delivery in Germany to six cities. Steinbrecher, who by then was also a managing director, subsequently guided his team through the closure of 17 of the 23 German Getir locations.

The corporate legal department of the Berlin Public Transport Authority, which he has been leading since early February, comprises around 30 employees and is planned to grow. Steinbrecher reports as Chief Legal Officer and Head of Staff to Chairman Henrik Falk.

Steinbrecher’s predecessor in the legal department, Ute Bonde, left BVG in spring 2023 to become CEO of the Berlin Brandenburg Transport Association (VBB).