Dieter Vranckx leaves Brussels Airlines for Swiss

A German will soon be at the head of Brussels Airlines, the 100% subsidiary of Brussels Airlines.

Belgian Dieter Vranckx, who joined Brussels Airlines in May 2018 as CFO and Deputy CEO and who has served as CEO and CCO of Brussels Airlines since January 2020, changes his position within the Lufthansa Group and will lead from from January 1, 2021 the Swiss airline, member of the Lufthansa Group and based in Zurich.

Peter Gerber will succeed Dieter Vranckx as CEO of Brussels Airlines. Subject to the pending resolution of the SN Airholding Board of Directors, Gerber, who is currently Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Cargo AG, will move to Belgium as of March 1, 2021. In addition to the management of the Belgian airline , he will also assume the newly created function of Lufthansa Group Chief Representative for European Affairs in Brussels.

“On behalf of all the members of the Lufthansa Group Executive Board, I would like to thank Dieter for his exemplary commitment to guiding Brussels Airlines through difficult times. The Belgian airline is on the right track for a financially healthy future”, explained Christina Foerster, member of the Lufthansa Group Executive Board.

“With Peter Gerber, a very experienced airliner and CEO will take over from Dieter Vranckx. With Nina Öwerdieck, CFO of Brussels Airlines and Edi Wolfensberger, COO of the Belgian airline, Peter will continue to implement the company’s recovery plan “Reboot Plus” and will create a strong, more efficient and competitive Brussels Airlines, able to face future headwinds. In addition to his mandate as CEO, Peter will represent the interests of the entire Lufthansa Group at European level “, added Christina Foerster.

“In recent months, Brussels Airlines has taken important steps within the framework of its“ Reboot Plus ”recovery plan. By the end of this year, we will have completed over 90% of our restructuring. The fact of being already today more efficient and better structured than in the past helps us to manage the current crisis ”, explains Dieter Vranckx, CEO of Brussels Airlines. ” With an extremely professional and committed staff, Peter Gerber and my colleagues from the Extended Management Board will do their utmost to ensure that Brussels Airlines emerges from the crisis stronger than before ”, added Dieter Vranckx.

“Brussels Airlines has many assets, with the management of Brussels Airlines and all 3,500 employees, I am delighted to be able to take advantage of the company’s strengths while increasing our competitiveness and making our way of working to the test from the future”, said Peter Gerber, future CEO of Brussels Airlines and Lufthansa Group Chief Representative for European Affairs in Brussels.

Born in 1964 in the German town of Gieβen (Hesse), Peter Gerber studied law and business administration in Gieβen and Hagen. He also completed a Senior Executive Program at Columbia University in New York.

It was in 1992 that Gerber joined Lufthansa. During his career, he held various management positions. In June 2009, he was appointed to the Executive Board of Lufthansa Cargo AG, responsible for finance and human resources. In June 2012, Gerber became a member of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Passage Airlines, where he headed the human resources, IT and services divisions.

Peter Gerber has been Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Cargo AG since May 2014. In addition to this role, Gerber holds a mandate in various companies and associations, such as a seat on the Supervisory Board of Fraport AG and the position of Chairman in the IATA Cargo Advisory Council.

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