Franz to succeed Mayrhuber as Chairman and CEO of Lufthansa
In its meeting today the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG appointed Deutsche Lufthansa AG Deputy Chairman Christoph Franz as the successor to Wolfgang Mayrhuber as Chairman and CEO of the Lufthansa Group. The change at the helm of the Group shall take place with effect from 1 January 2011.
Also with effect from 1 January 2011, the members of the Supervisory Board appointed Carsten Spohr to the Executive Board of the Lufthansa Group. As head of Lufthansa German Airlines he shall also occupy the position of CEO and Chairman of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board.
As his successor as Chairman and CEO at Lufthansa Cargo AG, Karl Ulrich Garnadt was proposed. Garnadt is currently responsible for Hub Management & Passenger Services on the Lufthansa German Airlines Board.
Wolfgang Mayrhuber congratulated his successor in the name of the Executive Board saying: “With Christoph Franz at the helm and his broad wealth of experience, foresight and determination to implement change, our company will continue to be able to react to future challenges with the necessary speed and flexibility. Our customers, shareholders and staff shall continue to benefit from a Lufthansa at its very best in the future – our new management team with Carsten Spohr, an engineer, pilot and versatile manager, has all the prerequisites to make sure of it.”
As the future Chairman and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Christoph Franz shall be responsible for the Lufthansa Group and its five business segments: the Passenger Airline Group, Logistics, MRO, IT Services and Catering with a total of over 116,000 employees worldwide.
Carsten Spohr shall assume responsibility for Lufthansa German Airlines and its over 37,000 staff worldwide on the Executive Board of the Lufthansa Group. Lufthansa German Airlines is structured in the following divisions: Operations, Marketing & Sales, Passenger Services & Hub Management, and Finance & Human Resources.