Former Lufthansa Chairman of the Supervisory Board and Chief Executive Officer died

Former Lufthansa Chairman of the Supervisory Board and Chief Executive Officer died

Wolfgang Mayrhuber, the former Chairman and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, passed away last Saturday, December 1st, 2018, at the age of 71, due to a serious illness.

Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Lufthansa Group, expressed his deep sympathy on behalf of the 134,000 employees of the Lufthansa Group: “Wolfgang Mayrhuber has served and shaped our company for more than 45 years. We Lufthansa employees thank him for his great service to the Lufthansa Group. Our thoughts are now with his family”.

Wolfgang Mayrhuber had been working for Deutsche Lufthansa AG for over 40 years. As an engineer, he began his corporate career in 1970, in Hamburg, in the field of engine maintenance. After holding various management positions Mr.  Mayrhuber was appointed Chairman of the Executive Board of the newly founded Lufthansa Technik AG in 1994, having played a key role in shaping the successful development of the company into a leading global service. In 2001 he was appointed to the Group Executive Board with responsibility for “Passenger Services”, and in 2002 he was appointed  Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board. From 2003 to 2010 Wolfgang Mayrhuber was Chairman of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. With the successful acquisitions of SWISS, Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines he had a lasting impact on the Airline Group. Wolfgang Mayrhuber was Chairman of the Supervisory Board from 2013 to 2017.

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