Lufthansa rotates chiefs at cargo division, subsidiary airlines - FreightWaves

Deutsche Lufthansa AG (LSE: LN) last week changed the leadership of its cargo division as part of a routine corporate reshuffle and the hiring of a new chief financial officer.

Lufthansa Cargo CEO Peter Gerber, 56, was named the head of Brussels Airlines, effective March 1, and will assume the newly created position of executive vice president of the Lufthansa Group for European affairs in the Belgian capital, pending board approval. The company promoted Dorothea von Boxberg, 46, the chief commercial officer at Cargo, to succeed Gerber.

Gerber replaces Dieter Vranckx at Brussels Air, where he will continue the implementation of the company’s “Reboot Plus” turnaround plan coming out of the coronavirus downturn. Vranckx, 47, will take the helm at Swiss International Airlines on Jan. 1, succeeding Thomas Klühr, who will leave the company as planned for personal reasons.

Vranckx, a dual Swiss and Belgian citizen, has held several senior positions at Lufthansa since 2001, including high-level sales positions at Swiss. Between 2010 and 2013 he was regional director for the U.S. Midwest and Canada at Lufthansa Cargo in Chicago. In 2018 he joined Brussels Airlines as CFO, and this year he took over as CEO. 

Meanwhile, Lufthansa appointed Remco Steenbergen, 52, as its new CFO, effective Jan. 1. 

After the resignation of Ulrik Svensson and Thorsten Dirks this year, Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr  took over the responsibilities of the CFO on an interim basis. 

“With Remco Steenbergen, we will have a distinguished financial expert with extensive experience in the capital markets joining us as the new Lufthansa Group CFO,” said Chairman Karl-Ludwig Kley, in a statement.