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Lufthansa reshuffles senior management team

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Staff writer | Frankfurt/Main, Germany |
LufthansaSeptember 23, 2010, Frankfurt/Main, Germany - Lufthansa German Airlines announced that Carsten Spohr is to be appointed to the group's executive board and succeed Christoph Franz as CEO.
Mr. Franz began his career at Lufthansa in 1990. He was initially involved in strategic, sales and controlling projects in Germany, France and Turkey. From 1992 to 1994 he served as a member of the staff team under then-Chairman and CEO Jürgen Weber, which devised and realized the airline’s corporate turnaround following the upheavals of the First Gulf War.

In 1994, with Lufthansa’s turnaround successfully completed, Mr. Franz moved to Deutsche Bahn AG, where he served in various executive functions. His time there culminated in his appointment as a member of the Executive Board and CEO of the company’s passenger transport division.

On 1 July 2004 Mr. Franz was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer at Swiss International Air Lines AG. On 1 June 2009 he was appointed Deputy Chairman to Wolfgang Mayrhuber on the Lufthansa Group’s Executive Board and also assumed the position of Chairman on the Lufthansa German Airlines Board.

After obtaining a degree in industrial engineering, Mr. Spohr went on to acquire his commercial airline pilot’s licence at the Lufthansa Pilot School in Bremen and Phoenix. He completed a management training course at Deutsche Aerospace AG, Munich, before returning to Lufthansa in 1994.

Upon his return to Lufthansa, Mr. Spohr was initially in charge of recruiting, before becoming personal assistant to the Chairman and CEO of Lufthansa from 1995 to 1998. In August 1998 he assumed responsibility for Lufthansa’s regional partnerships in Europe. In February 2000, he became Vice President Alliance with the responsibility for managing and coordinating Lufthansa cooperation partners worldwide.

In July 2003 Mr. Spohr additionally assumed responsibility for Lufthansa Passenger Airlines’ strategy and airline holdings. In October 2004, Spohr was appointed to the Executive Board of Lufthansa German Airlines. In that capacity, he was responsible for hub management, cabin crews and human resources at Lufthansa German Airlines.

The Supervisory Board of Lufthansa Cargo AG appointed Mr. Spohr CEO and Chairman of Executive Board at Lufthansa Cargo AG with effect from 15 January 2007.


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