Swiss International Air Lines Names Claus Bauer Head of Technical Division
Mr. Bauer joins SWISS from Lufthansa Technik where he performed various management functions over the past 20 years. He will assume his new responsibilities at in February 1st, 2021, when he takes over from Peter Wojahn, retiring after 40 years in the industry.
On Friday (November 20, 2020), Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS), announced the appointment of Claus Bauer as Head of Technical Fleet Management and Process Owner Engineering at the airline. Mr. Bauer joins SWISS after 20 years at Lufthansa Technik, where he performed a variety of management functions. He will take over on February 1st, 2021 from the carrier’s current Head of Technical Fleet Management, Peter Wojahn, who is retiring after 40 years in the airline industry. In Friday’s announcement, SWISS CEO, Thomas Klür, said,
“We are delighted that, in Claus Bauer, we have secured the services of such an experienced technical specialist for this demanding position. Claus Bauer has all the requisite expertise to enable the technical division of SWISS to act and react swiftly and flexibly, especially in such crisis times.”
Claus Bauer (51) is a native of Frankfurt and the married father of two children. He holds a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Darmstadt, Germany. Mr Bauer has driven the global growth of Lufthansa Technik’s engine MRO activities including the establishment of new operating locations under joint partnerships. Additionally, Bauer has been a proponent of digital innovations such as numerical fleet lifecycle optimization. In his new position at SWISS, Mr. Bauer will draw on his 20 years of experience at Lufthansa Technik as he directs and oversees 1,000 team members.
Speaking on the scheduled retirement of Peter Wojann after nearly 40 years in the airline industry, Mr. Klür added,
“In his time with us at SWISS, Peter Wojahn has further developed and expanded our technical division with great entrepreneurial drive and conviction, and has helped make SWISS an industrywide exemplar of an airline with its own integrated technical services operation. On behalf of our entire Management Board, I offer him my sincere thanks for his many years of exceptional work and commitment, and I wish him all the very best for his well-earned retirement.”
Peter Wojahn will retire on January 31, 2021 after a long service in the industry, including the last 13 years as Head of SWISS’s Technical Fleet Management. Mr. Wojahn is regarded as one of the preeminent MRO specialists in the airline industry and under his leadership at SWISS, the company remodeled and restructured technical operations, enabling the autonomous delivery of daily technical services without third party providers. Wojahn also shared responsibility in the airline’s largest fleet renewal in company history, including the introduction of the Airbus A220 (previously known as the Bombardier C Series) and the withdrawal of Avro RJ 100s and some Airbus A320 Family aircraft from the SWISS fleet.
Source: Swiss International Air Lines