A new division responsible for Lufthansa
Passenger Airlines is to be instituted on the Lufthansa Executive
Board, with effect from 1 June 2009.
It will be headed by Christoph Franz,
currently CEO Swiss International Air Lines AG, who has been
appointed to the Lufthansa Executive Board and, simultaneously,
named its Deputy Chairman. He will also take over as Chairman of
the Lufthansa Passenger Airlines Board.
In the course of reorganisation, the Aviation
Services und Human Resources division, headed by Stefan Lauer,
will evolve into the new division Group Airlines and Corporate
Human Resources. This will be responsible for the group airlines
not included in Lufthansa Passenger Airlines and for furthering
overall inter-airline cooperation between the subsidiary carriers
(SWISS and in future Brussels Airlines, Austrian Airlines, bmi as
well as Germanwings, SunExpress and JetBlue).
remains responsible for group-wide human resources. He will also
retain the function of Labour Director. The Supervisory Board
additionally agreed to reappoint Stefan Lauer for a further term
on the Executive Board at the earliest possible date.
Finance division, headed by Stephan Gemkow, will be expanded to
include responsibility for the logistics, MRO, catering and IT
Services business units and be renamed Finance and Aviation
Commenting on the decisions taken by the
Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, its Chairman, Jürgen
Weber, said, “With Christoph Franz, we are appointing an
experienced expert in the aviation business to the Lufthansa
Executive Board. He knows the industry thoroughly and has
demonstrated his leadership and management qualities in a variety
of positions. Most impressively at Swiss latterly, he has shown
that he can steer a company in difficult times and lead it back to
a growth path.”
At Swiss International Air Lines AG, Harry Hohmeister will
succeed Christoph Franz as CEO, with effect from 1 July 2009.
Harry Hohmeister was previously Chief Network and Distribution
Officer on the SWISS Board of Directors.
Mayrhuber, Chairman and CEO Deutsche Lufthansa AG, said, “By taking
this step, we are strengthening the foundations, on which our
autonomous companies can develop in proximity to customers in
their individual markets. Those business segments can benefit by utilising synergies from the airline network and Aviation Group.
Customer focus, transparency, quality and sustainability remain,
simultaneously, organisational and management principles in all
Ensuing from the ongoing
development of Lufthansa’s corporate organisational structure,
changes will also be implemented in Lufthansa Passenger Airlines.
Responsibilities and functions on the Lufthansa Passenger Airlines
Board are to be re-aligned in order to strengthen the independence
and autonomy of the Lufthansa Passenger Airlines within the group
The previous Strategy, IT and Procurement
division on the Lufthansa Passenger Airlines Board will be
expanded into the new Finance and Human Resources division. With
this realignment, the human resources functions and industrial
relations in the passenger business will be transferred from the
Executive Board to the Finance and Human Resources division on the
Lufthansa Passenger Airlines Board. The new division will be
headed by Roland Busch, who is joining from the Board of Directors
of Lufthansa Cargo AG, where he is responsible for Finance and
The previous Services and Human
Resources division at Lufthansa Passenger Airlines will be renamed
Passenger Services and Hub Management. Responsibility for this
remit on the Lufthansa Passenger Airlines Board will be retained
by Karl Ulrich Garnadt. Also in future, he will be in charge of
service functions on the ground and in flight operations as well
as hub management in Frankfurt and Munich, and the point-to-point
connections which Lufthansa offers its customers.
Antinori will continue to oversee Marketing and Sales on the
Lufthansa Passenger Airlines Board. Jürgen Raps remains
responsible for Operations.
These organisational changes
will be implemented with effect from 1 June 2009.
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