Surprisingly, Lufthansa made three important personnel decisions. Swiss, Brussels Airlines and Lufthansa have new bosses.
A personality was expected. Ten days ago, CEO Carsten Spohr announced that the new head of Swiss would be announced on November 18. The crown favorite for the successor to Thomas Klühr, who left at the end of the year, was CFO Markus Binkert, who had returned to Swiss in April after a short detour to the group.
But the Lufthansa Group’s supervisory board did not make him the new driver on Wednesday, but Dieter Vranckx. The 47-year-old is currently the head of Brussels Airlines. And it has two qualities that it needs now. On the one hand, he has been working for the Lufthansa Group for around twenty years, including thirteen years for Swiss. He had previously worked for Swissair. He is considered a dynamic doer.
Frequent changes at Brussels Airlines
In addition to a Belgian passport, Vranckx also has a Swiss passport. Right now where Swiss got help from the government, it is definitely helpful if the new boss knows the peculiarities of the Swiss political system. In addition, German managers were at the helm of Swiss for 16 years. In terms of motivating young local talents, it is certainly good to be able to show that a Swiss person also has a chance at the top.
The change from Vranckx to Swiss means that Brussels Airlines also needs a new boss. At the Belgian Lufthansa subsidiary, the bosses have worked in quick succession put the handle in your hand. Christina Förster took over the management in 2018, Then Vranckx at the beginning of 2020. On March 1, 2021 Peter Gerber will take his place.
Head of Lufthansa Cargo
The 56-year-old German has been working for Lufthansa for almost 30 years. Since 2014 he has been the head of the freight subsidiary Lufthansa Cargo. In Brussels he will also take on the newly created function of “General Representative of the Lufthansa Group for European Affairs”.
Dorothea von Boxberg will also take over the helm at Lufthansa Cargo on March 1st. The 46-year-old has been working for Lufthansa for 13 years. The qualified industrial engineer has been a board member responsible for sales, network planning and product and development since 2018.