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Lufthansa Cargo head moves to passenger side

By Staff Reports on March 12, 2014

Lufthansa Cargo’s head will move to the passenger side on May 1.

The supervisory board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG elected Karl Ulrich Garnadt to the group's executive board at its meeting Wednesday in Frankfurt. He will assume responsibility for Lufthansa Passenger Airlines.

Garnadt will succeed Carsten Spohr, who will become chairman of the executive board and CEO of Lufthansa Group on May 1.

Garnadt has worked for the Lufthansa Group since 1979, including many years in a range of senior management functions at Lufthansa German Airlines and Lufthansa Cargo. He has been CEO and chairman of Lufthansa Cargo since January 2011.

“We are delighted to have obtained Karl Ulrich Garnadt for the executive board of the Lufthansa Group, as he is a very experienced aviation manager with extensive knowledge of the group. He makes an ideal addition to the Executive Board team,” said Wolfgang Mayrhuber, chairman of the supervisory board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

Before he was appointed as CEO and Chairman of Lufthansa Cargo AG in 2011, Garnadt was already a member of the Lufthansa Passenger Airlines Board from 2007 to 2010.

“I'm looking forward to my new role and am delighted that the supervisory board has placed its confidence in me,” Garnadt said. “I will do everything together with the Lufthansa Passenger Airlines team to further strengthen Lufthansa's position as the leading European airline. We know the challenges, but we also know our strengths.”

The executive board also gave a recommendation to the supervisory board of Lufthansa Cargo to appoint Peter Gerber to take Garnadt’s place. Gerber has been responsible for human resources, IT and services on the executive board of Lufthansa German Airlines since June 2012. He is scheduled to take up his new position on May 1.

“Peter Gerber is an excellent nomination for the position of the CEO and chairman of Lufthansa Cargo,” said Christoph Franz, chairman of the executive board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.