Flix onboards Malte Wienker as new Director Public Affairs


Starting on May 1, 2023, Malte Wienker will now head the global Public Affairs activities and team at Flix, the leader in sustainable and affordable mobility.

The 41-year-old began his career as a lawyer at the international law firm, Hogan Lovells, in 2010. In 2013, he moved to the media company Axel Springer, where he held various management positions. In this role, he notably worked in Public Affairs where he was responsible for liaising with various institutions and organizations, as well as Chief of Staff, where he dealt with numerous regulatory issues, in particular competition law and digital policy. In his latest position as head of the communications and sustainability departments, he handled regulatory requirements for climate-relevant business. Malte’s professional career has been augmented by a wealth of legal expertise, which he has acquired as a lawyer in numerous M&A projects, among others.

Born in Hanover, Malte now lives in Berlin with his wife and two sons.

As the new Director of Public Affairs, he will lead Flix’s efforts in transforming the European and global transport sector at a critical moment. He will oversee the company’s government affairs and advocacy work in Europe and beyond. He will work closely with Andrea Koepfer, Senior Director Communications & Sustainability who led - additionally to her communications and ESG tasks - public affairs for the last two years. Together, they will ensure that the Flix position and capabilities towards sustainable mobility are taken into consideration by the general public and governments across the globe.

André Schwämmlein, co-founder and CEO of Flix, to whom Malte Wienker will report says: “The transport sector has undergone several major changes in the past years and continues to evolve, allowing for innovative companies to offer new services in a more convenient, affordable and sustainable way, hence responding to passengers’ needs. Still, there is room to improve fair and open market conditions in many European and global markets. With his global team, Malte will ensure that thanks to a level playing field in the transport sector, collective transport will become the

obvious solution for passengers who will benefit and enjoy a broader range of offers at a more affordable price.”

Malte Wienker: “I am delighted to take on this new role at a key moment in the European and global transport sector. Mobility is an essential part of our lives, and Flix has shown how this can be done in an innovative way, bringing together sustainability and affordability with its FlixBus and FlixTrain services.” 

Contact details Malte: malte.wienker@flixbus.com

About Flix

About Flix

Flix is pioneering the public transport sector by offering climate-friendly alternatives for convenient and affordable travel via the FlixBus and FlixTrain brands. Thanks to a unique business model and innovative technology, Flix has quickly established Europe’s largest long-distance bus network and swiftly moved on to a global expansion including the United States and Brazil. As a trailblazer for sustainable traffic FlixMobility operated the first green long-distance trains in 2018, initiated a pilot project for all-electric long-distance buses in 2018 and launched EU’s first biogas-powered long-distance buses in 2021.

While Flix handles technology development, network planning, operations control, marketing and sales, quality management and continuous product expansion, trusted Flix-partners maintain the daily route operations. The unique combination of technology start-up, e-commerce platform and classic transport company has positioned Flix as a leader against major international corporations, permanently changing the global mobility landscape.