Management

Ralph Bahke

Managing Director Controlling and Development

Ralph Bahke, born 1964, studied Information Technology at the Technical University of Dresden. He joined VNG – Verbundnetz Gas AG in 1994 and became responsible for the planning of automation technology. In 2001, he changed to the Gas Transportation Department, where he held various senior management positions.

Between January 2006 and November 2008, Bahke worked in senior management posts of the Network Marketing Department in the newly established transmission system operator ONTRAS. Since November 2008, he has been one of the two ONTRAS managing directors, responsible for the division controlling and development.

From December 2009 to December 2015 Bahke was board member of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSOG). 

In 2011, Bahke was appointed member of the Energy Advisory Board of the German Free State of Saxony. Since December 2012, Bahke was Chairman of the board of "Vereinigung der Fernleitungsnetzbetreiber Gas e.V.", the association of German Transmission System Operators for Gas. He gave up this position in 2020 and joined GIE (Gas Infrastructure Europe) board in January 2021.

Uwe Ringel

Managing Director Operations and Safety

Uwe Ringel started his professional career in 1984 as engineer for gas supply technology (FH; University for Applied Science) within the Dispatching Department of the present VNG – Verbundnetz Gas AG, Leipzig. Since 1990, Ringel worked in the Gas Purchase Department. In 2002, he changed into the GasTransmission Department, where he was the responsible director from 2004 to 2005. 

Since January 2006, Ringel was Managing Director of the Network Marketing Department in the newly established network company ONTRAS Gastransport GmbH, Leipzig. In 2008, he moved within the group to VNG AG as Head of Technology/Operations. Since May 2010, Ringel is the Managing Director of the Technology Division of ONTRAS. 

Ringel is also member of the board of the German DVGW Deutscher Verein des Gas- und Wasserfaches e. V., Regional Group of Middle Germany. Furthermore, he is vice president on the board of DVGW-Landesgruppe Mitteldeutschland.