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Lufthansa Group Announces Senior Management Changes at Three Airlines

Dieter Vranckx has been named the new CEO of SWISS, Peter Gerber to become the new CEO of Brussels Airlines and Dorothea von Boxberg has been appointed CEO of Lufthansa Cargo AG.


Left to Right: Dieter Vranckx, Peter Gerber and Dorothea von Boxberg - Courtesy Lufthansa Group

On Wednesday (November 18, 2020), the Lufthansa Group announced the appointment of new CEOs for three Group airlines including Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS), Brussels Airlines and Lufthansa Cargo AG. In Wednesday’s announcement, Deutsche Lufthansa AG’s Chairman of the Executive Board, Carsten Spohr, said,


“With today's decisions, three experienced and accomplished executives from our own ranks are taking on important management tasks in the core business of our Group. Dieter Vranckx has worked successfully for the Lufthansa Group in various airlines and on three continents. His vast international experience and broad-based airline expertise make him a first-class choice for the management of SWISS. Peter Gerber has proven himself in many management positions within the Lufthansa Group that he is not only an outstanding airline manager, but that he can also bring difficult political negotiations to a successful conclusion. He will bring this experience to his new dual role in Brussels. Dorothea von Boxberg has played a major role in the current success of Lufthansa Cargo AG in recent years, not only as a sales expert. With her experience and know-how, she will continue to expand the strong competitive position of our cargo division.”


First, Dieter Vranckx (47) who is currently CEO of Brussels Airlines will take the reigns at SWISS on January 1, 2021. Mr. Vranckx will succeed Thomas Klür, who will depart the company at year’s end as planned. Since 2001, Dieter Vranckx has held several senior positions at Deutsche Lufthansa AG. From 2010 to 2013, he served as Regional Director – USA and Canada at Lufthansa Cargo AG in Chicago. Between 2013 and 2016 Mr. Vranckx was the Vice President - Home Markets at SWISS where he was responsible for sales in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. After a successful tenure at SWISS headquarters, Mr Vranckx spent two years in Singapore, where he was responsible for Group Sales and Activities for the Lufthansa Group in the Asia-Pacific region. In 2018, he joined Brussels Airlines as CFO and was elevated to CEO in 2020. Mr. Vranckx holds dual citizenships for Switzerland and Belgium.


Next, Peter Gerber (56) has been appointed the new CEO of Brussels Airlines and will also represent the Groups political interests in Brussels. Mr. Gerber will assume his new duties at the airline on March 1, 2021. Joining the Lufthansa Group in 1992, Mr Gerber served in various capacities and from 1997 was responsible for Group Accounting, Fees and Charges. From 2001-2004 he was the project manager for a companywide “D-Check” program designed to safeguard Group earnings. During the period from 2004 through 2009, Mr. Gerber took over collective bargaining and “social security” of the Group and in June 2009 was appointed to the Executive Board of Lufthansa Cargo AG, where he was responsible for Finance and Human Resources. Gerber joined the Board of the Lufthansa Airlines in June 2012 where he was responsible for Human Resources, IT and Services. From May 2014 through present, Peter Gerber has been Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Cargo AG.


Finally, Dorothea von Boxberg (46) has been named CEO of Lufthansa Cargo AG, taking over from Peter Gerber, starting March 1, 2021. Dorothea von Boxberg started her professional career in 1999 at the Boston Consulting Group and joined Lufthansa in 2007, where she held various management positions. From 2012, she became responsible for Customer Experience Design at the flagship Lufthansa Airline. During her tenure she led a team which developed a new generation of Business Class seats, laying the foundation for the airline’s 5-Star status. In 2015, von Boxberg became head of the Global Sales Management department at Lufthansa Cargo AG and is currently responsible for worldwide sales and network planning as well product management and development.



Source: Lufthansa Group

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