KCW emerged out of the "Competition Competence Centre" administrative department, founded in 1998 as part of the Hamburg local public transport authority (HVV). HVV's objective was to work in partnership with other transportation associations to make organisational, legal, and economic preparations for the introduction of competition into the public transport sector. The administrative department was led by Dr. Jan Werner and Christoph Schaaffkamp. With the department's consultancy areas and team both continually expanding, Werner and Schaaffkamp founded KCW GmbH in 2003. The new company, now operating from headquarters in Berlin, took on the provision of consultancy to local authorities with regard to public transport. The office in Hamburg continued unchanged. In the following years Dr. Henning Tegner, Melanie Patout and Henning Palm joined the management board.
KCW ist owner-operated, the shares are being hold by the managing directors. Most employees have a silent partnership.

We have become the largest public transport consultancy firm in Germany. Over 70 specialists from the fields of law, economics, and planning, as well as social and natural sciences, work for KCW, and this consultancy team is supported by a fully dedicated office management operation.

KCW is also active internationally: our presence in France has been growing for several years. In 2015 KCW formed the Trans-Missions consultancy office in order to pool our activities in France.

About KCW

75 employees

Offices: Berlin, Hamburg

Managing directors: Henning Palm, Melanie Patout, Christoph Schaaffkamp, Dr. Henning Tegner, Dr. Jan Werne

2003 founded as a GmbH
1998: Start as administrative department of Hamburger Verkehrsverbund

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