Adam Bonnifield, former Airbus VP and Head of AI, joins KONUX as new CEO. Klaus Kleinfeld elected as Chairman

Press Release, 15.02.2022

  • Adam Bonnifield, CEO: “KONUX has a proven strategy, vision and talent to reshape the rail industry through AI”
  • Max Hasler and Andreas Busemann, who jointly led KONUX since last year, resume their previous roles as COO and CRO, respectively
  • Investor, founder and advisor Klaus Kleinfeld takes over as Chairman of the Board

MUNICH, Germany — On 1 March, Adam Bonnifield joins KONUX as its new CEO. The former Airbus executive and entrepreneur will succeed Max Hasler and Andreas Busemann, who had jointly led KONUX for a pivotal period since May last year. KONUX co-founder Max Hasler now resumes his role as COO, while Andreas Busemann continues to be responsible for KONUX’s revenue targets as Chief Revenue Officer and Managing Director of the German KONUX entity alongside Adam.

Adam Bonnifield is highly committed to drive KONUX’ next phase of growth: “We are lucky to be living in a unique moment in history, where new technologies in AI can reshape entire industries. I’m therefore thrilled to join KONUX, which has already proven it has the strategy, vision and talent to realize such a promise for rail, and look forward to driving the continued transformation of this industry to a sustainable future.” Most recently, Adam was VP and Head of Artificial Intelligence and Analytics at Airbus, where he grew the portfolio from its idea-stage to global scale, delivering 150MM EUR p.a. for the mobility giant across a portfolio of 50+ products and platforms. Previously he led data and technology projects for the Obama White House, and founded two startups dedicated to democratizing AI and Big Data.

Max Hasler, COO said: "It’s a great pleasure to welcome Adam. Having been a founder himself, Adam brings boundless passion and energy.” Andreas Busemann, CRO said: “Adam’s experience in building successful product-driven startups, and realizing the potential of data in government and aerospace contexts is truly unique and it will be an asset in reaching our next stage of growth."

Adam Bonnifield (CEO), Maximilian Hasler (COO), and Andreas Busemann (CRO). Download the image (here)

Meanwhile, KONUX’s Board, which includes investors and top-class international management executives, has elected founder, investor and adviser Klaus Kleinfeld as its Chairman. Kleinfeld, former CEO of Siemens, Alcoa and Arconic said: I have watched KONUX grow over the past years and have been impressed to see their sophisticated technical solutions, their entrepreneurial drive and the outstanding results achieved accelerated by their AI software suite massively enhancing railway performance. I am delighted to support KONUX as Chairman and investor on their journey to help create a bright future for Railways.”


KONUX is a leading German AI scale-up, transforming railway operations for a sustainable future. The company combines Machine Learning and IIoT to deliver Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions for operation, monitoring, and maintenance process automation. KONUX increases capacity, reliability, and cost-efficiency to make railway the mobility choice of tomorrow. Since its foundation in 2014, KONUX has raised more than $130 million from world-leading investors, expanded to ten countries in Europe and Asia, and was selected by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as one of the world’s 30 most innovative start-ups and scale-ups worldwide.

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