Lufthansa Group realigns senior leadership team

Lufthansa Group has announced a reorganization of its senior leadership team as the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic continues.

Jens Ritter, currently a member of the executive board and chief operating officer of Eurowings, will become the new chief executive officer of Lufthansa Airlines on April 1.

He will succeed Klaus Froese.

Froese resigns after more than six years on the Lufthansa Airlines executive board.

Looking ahead, he will fly for Lufthansa as captain, piloting the new Boeing 787 arriving next year.

Annette Mann, currently Head of Corporate Responsibility at Lufthansa Group, will become the new CEO of Austrian Airlines from March.

Mann replaces Alexis von Hoensbroech, who immediately leaves the company to become WestJet CEO.

Dietmar Focke, currently Head of Engine Services at Lufthansa Technik, will join Lufthansa Cargo’s executive board and will be responsible for operations and human resources from March.

He replaces Harald Gloy, who leaves the company at his own request.

Jörg Beißel, Lufthansa Group Corporate Control Officer, will take over as Lufthansa Airlines CFO from April.

He succeeds Patrick Staudacher, who will not extend his Lufthansa contract at his own request and will leave the company at the end of April.

Frank Bauer, currently a member of the Eurowings executive board and responsible for finance and human resources, will be responsible for corporate control of the Lufthansa Group from April.

Kai Duve will assume the Human Resources and Finance areas of Eurowings Executive Board from February 2022.

Duve is currently head of Lufthansa Airlines’ Frankfurt Cabin Crews Division.

Benedikt Schneider, currently in charge of the executive office of the director of human and legal resources of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, will succeed Duve, also from February.

Wilken Bormann, currently CFO of the Lufthansa Group, will assume responsibility for finance and human resources on the group’s executive board from March.

He succeeds Kristin Neumann, who will leave the company at her own request at the end of February.

“Holding these top management positions is another important step in our transformation.

“We continue our course with a constant speed and we are strengthening our position among the main global airline groups.

“I am pleased to have been able to fill all positions within the Lufthansa Group, confirming our successful leadership and staff development,” said Carsten Spohr, CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa.

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