Raft of changes in senior management positions at Lufthansa Group

Jens Ritter will become the new CEO of Lufthansa Airlines ©Lufthansa

Lufthansa Group, the holding company of German flag-carrying Lufthansa and owner and operator of Swiss International Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Air Dolomiti and Eurowings has announced eight major changes in senior management roles within the group which will take effect between February 1 and April 1, 2022.

Jens Ritter, currently a Member of the Executive Board and COO of Eurowings, will become the new CEO of Lufthansa Airlines on April 1, 2022, succeeding Klaus Froese. Froese is handing over his post after more than six years on the Executive Board of Lufthansa Airlines, most recently as CEO.

Annette Mann, who is currently Head of Corporate Responsibility at Lufthansa Group, will be the new CEO of Austrian Airlines* as of March 1, 2022. Annette Mann succeeds Dr. Alexis von Hoensbroech.

Dietmar Focke, currently Head of Engine Services at Lufthansa Technik, will move to the Executive Board of Lufthansa Cargo*, being responsible for Operations and Human Resources as of March 1, 2022. He succeeds Harald Gloy, who is leaving the company at his own request.

Dr. Jörg Beißel, Head of Corporate Controlling at the Lufthansa Group, will become the CFO of Lufthansa Airlines as of April 1, 2022. He will be taking over from Patrick Staudacher, who will not extend his contract at Lufthansa at his own request and will leave the company at the end of April.

Frank Bauer, currently a Member of the Executive Board at Eurowings and responsible for Finance and HR, will become responsible for the corporate controlling of Lufthansa Group as of April 1, 2022.

Human Resources and Finance on the Eurowings Executive Board will be taken over by Kai Duve as of February 1, 2022. Duve is presently head of the Frankfurt cabin crews division of Lufthansa Airlines.

Benedikt Schneider, currently responsible for the Executive Office of the Chief Human Resources and Legal Officer of Deutsche Lufthansa AG will succeed Kai Duve, also as of February 1, 2022.

Wilken Bormann, currently Head of Lufthansa Group Finance, will assume responsibility for Finance and Human Resources* on the LSG Group Executive Board as of March 1, 2022. He succeeds Dr. Kristin Neumann, who is leaving the company at her own request at the end of February.

“Filling these top management positions is another important step in our transformation. We are continuing on our course with undiminished speed and are strengthening our position among the leading global airline groups. I am pleased that we were able to fill all positions from within Lufthansa Group – it confirms our successful personnel and leadership development,” said Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

*Annette Mann’s and Wilken Bormann’s appointment to their respective positions is subject to nomination by the respective Supervisory Board bodies.

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