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SWISS Appoints Martin Apsel-von zur Gathen as New Head of Operations Planning & Steering

SWISS has named Martin Apsel-von zur Gathen as the airline’s new Head of Operations Planning & Steering, effective August 1st, 2021. He succeeds Marcus Schnabel, who became the Lufthansa Group’s Head of Flight/Ground Operations and Security in May.


SWISS's New Head of Operations Planning & Steering, Martin Apsel-von zur Gathen - Courtesy Swiss International Air Lines

Today (July 16, 2021), Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) announced the appointment of Martin Apsel-von zur Gathen as the carrier’s new Head of Operations Planning & Steering, effective August 1st, 2021. Mr. Apsel-von zur Gathen will succeed Marcus Schnabel in his new role, who was appointed Lufthansa Group’s Head of Flight/Ground Operations & Security last May. Apsel-von zur Gathen will report directly to SWISS’s Head of Operations, Oliver Buchhofer. Commenting on the new appointment, Mr. Buchhofer, said,


“Martin Apsel-von zur Gathen is a highly skilled aviation specialist and, with his extensive experience from various management positions within the Lufthansa Group, is the ideal appointee for this demanding position. I am very much looking forward to working with him, and I wish him every success and satisfaction in his new capacity.”


Martin Apsel-von zur Gathen (36) has been in aviation since 2005, assuming his current role as Head of Product Management Customer Service for the Lufthansa Group in 2018. In his current position, he developed a groupwide system to optimize customer service and drove various projects to digitize customer interactions, while bearing responsibility for the Group’s global customer operations. From 2016-2018 he served as SWISS’s Head of Network Management, having previously held various SWISS and Lufthansa positions.


Mr. Apsel-von zur Gathen holds a degree in aviation management from the IU International University of Applied Sciences, Bad Honnef, Germany, and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Columbia University in New York. He is the married father of two children.



Source: Swiss International Air Lines