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Airberlin appoints Thomas Winkelmann as CEO

Thomas WinkelmannAirberlin, an airline, has announced that Thomas Winkelmann will become the new chief executive officer of airberlin group.

Mr. Winkelmann will take over as CEO of Air Berlin from February 1, 2017, assuming full accountability for all group activities.

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Mr. Winkelmann has over 18 years of experience in the airline industry.

Mr. Winkelmann started his career in 1998 with Lufthansa Group, initially accountable for the sales organisation in South America and the Caribbean and subsequently taking over the sales and service organisation as Vice President for North and South America.

From September 2006 until October 2015, Mr. Winkelmann was CEO of the Lufthansa low-cost subsidiary Germanwings.

Following the announcement of the integration of Germanwings into Eurowings, he was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of the Lufthansa Hub in Munich.

Mr. Winkelmann will succeed Stefan Pichler, who decided to leave the company.

Mr. Pichler joined the Company from Fiji Airways, where he has been leading a turnaround programme to return the carrier, formerly Air Pacific, to profitability. He is also currently Chairman of Tourism Fiji.

Before joining Fiji Airways, Mr. Pichler was Managing Director & Chief Executive of Jazeera Airways.

Prior to that, he was Chief Commercial Officer and Deputy CEO of Virgin Blue Airlines. He also launched V Australia, which he served as Chairman until 2009.

Mr. Pichler was Chairman and Chief Executive of Thomas Cook AG and held various senior management positions at Lufthansa, culminating in a role as Chief Commercial Officer and Member of the Executive Board, accountable for sales and marketing worldwide.


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