After the completion of his degree at the Montanuniversität Leoben, Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Franz Kainersdorfer began his professional life as a university assistant at the Institut für Elektrotechnik (Department for Electrical Engineering, Austria). In 1996, the native Leobener transferred from the marketing department at Veitsch-Radex AG to voestalpine Schienen GmbH. Kainersdorfer, who is now 43, then held a string of leading positions in Controlling and Accounting at voestalpine Stahl Donawitz GmbH and then at voestalpine AG. In 2001, he took over the management of company development at voestalpine Bahnsysteme GmbH.