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Peter Gerber Resigns as CEO of Brussels Airlines, Will Become New CEO of Condor From 2024

Peter Gerber has stepped down as CEO of Brussels Airlines, and will become the new CEO of Condor from February 1st, 2024. Lufthansa Group Executive Board Member, Christina Foerster, will serve as Brussels Airlines’ Interim CEO.

From Left: Brussels Airlines' Interim CEO, Christina Foerster, and Condor's Future CEO, Peter Gerber - Courtesy Lufthansa Group

On Tuesday (January 31, 2023), Lufthansa Group announced that Peter Gerber has stepped down as CEO of Brussels Airlines. He led the airline since March 1st, 2021, and also held the newly created position of Lufthansa Group’s Chief Representative for European Affairs. He will be succeeded by Lufthansa Group Executive Board Member Christina Foerster, who will serve as Brussels Airlines’ Interim-CEO. Christina Foerster knows Brussels Airlines well, having previously served as the carrier’s Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) from 2016, and as CEO between 2018 and 2020. The Lufthansa Group will select a long-term successor to Mr. Gerber, who began his career with the company in 1992, as soon as possible. Mr. Gerber has accepted a new role as the CEO of Condor, effective February 1st, 2024.

Peter Gerber (born 1964) will succeed Ralf Teckentup as Condor’s Chief Executive Officer from February of next year. Mr. Teckentrup has served as Condor’s CEO since 2004. Condor’s Supervisory Board has already approved the succession plan, and Mr. Gerber will steer Condor’s future growth path, along with Christian Schmitt, COO and Accountable Manager, and Björn Walther, CFO. Over the last 30 years, Peter Gerber has held various positions with Lufthansa Group, including as a member of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Passenger Airlines, CFO and CEO of Lufthansa Cargo, and most recently as CEO and COO of Brussels Airlines. He is also the former President of the German Air Transport Association (BDL) and is held in high regard by the industry and social partners alike.

In a separate press release on Tuesday (January 31, 2023), Condor’s Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Friedrich Andreae, said,

“We are very pleased to have found Peter Gerber as the CEO for Condor that we were looking for in an extensive selection process: He is not only an extremely experienced aviation manager, but also the leader who will successfully take Condor further into the future. Peter Gerber is taking on the major task of continuing to drive Condor’s transformation, for example through the modernization of the entire fleet, a large number of digitalization projects and innovations for the customer experience, and setting the next course for growth. This is how Condor will become Europe's most successful leisure airline.”

Founded in 1956, Condor Flugdienst GmbH is Germany’s favorite leisure airline and serves over nine million guests annually to 90 destinations in Europe, Africa and America from nine German gateways, Zurich and Vienna. The German leisure carrier has a fleet of over 50 aircraft which are meticulously maintained to the highest safety standards by their wholly-owned subsidiary Condor Technik with facilities in Frankfurt and Düsseldorf. Starting in Fall 2022, Condor will become the German launch customer for the state-of-the-art Airbus A330neo, the first of which has already been delivered.

Source(s): Lufthansa Group, Brussels Airlines, Condor


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