Lufthansa Supervisory Board Approves New Structure Of The Lufthansa Group

Executive Board Jürgen Weber CEO and Chairman until 2003, Wolfgang Mayrhuber joins the Executive Board and Dr. Karl-Friedrich Rausch appointed Executive Vice President and General Representative Group Infrastructure
At its meeting on 20 September the Lufthansa Supervisory Board approved the further development of the Group`s Executive Board structure. The appointment of Jürgen Weber (58) as CEO and Chairman was extended for a further two years until the end of 2003. 
Wolfgang Mayrhuber (53), formerly Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Technik AG, will head the newly created “Passenger Services” division and will simultaneously become President and Chief Operating Officer of Lufthansa German Airlines. 

“The Supervisory Board`s extension of the mandate of the present CEO and Chairman is an acknowledgement of Jürgen Weber`s outstanding achievements for the Lufthansa Group,” said Supervisory Board Chairman Dr. Klaus G. Schlede. “Herr Weber`s appointment at this time is in the interest of the further development of the Lufthansa Group.” Jürgen Weber was appointed CEO and Chairman of Lufthansa on 1 September 1991. His current mandate would have expired on 31 August 2001.

The creation of this new division ensures that the central Passenger Business segment will now also be represented at a Group Executive Board level. “This step pays tribute to the successful work of the Airline Board and the central importance of Lufthansa German Airlines for the Lufthansa Group,” Jürgen Weber confirmed. “It underscores the close links between Lufthansa German Airlines and the Group, also in organisational terms. “In Wolfgang Mayrhuber we have an experienced “Lufthanseat” who will in future be responsible for Lufthansa`s entire passenger business. Mayrhuber, a mechanical engineer by profession, began his career at Lufthansa in 1970 as an engineer. He then rose through various management levels assuming responsibilities for maintenance and overhaul of aircraft, components and engines in Hamburg and Frankfurt. In 1990 he participated in the Senior Executive Management Training course at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston.
Wolfgang Mayrhuber was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Technical Services in 1992 and headed the team responsible for restructuring Lufthansa. Since 1994 he has been Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Technik AG, which currently has 10,000 employees and an annual turnover of DM 3.5 billion.

Dr. Karl-Friedrich Rausch (49) will assume the position of Executive Vice President and General Representative Group Infrastructure on 1 January 2001. This was decided by the Executive Board. In the words of Jürgen Weber, Dr. Rausch`s appointment as General Representative Group Infrastructure underlines the vital importance of infrastructure for the Lufthansa Group in the 21st century. “Now that crucial decisions which will pave the way for the expansion of Frankfurt Airport must be taken, the government`s airport concept is in preparation and the problem of air traffic control is being tackled in Brussels, it is essential to reach future-oriented solutions based on professional expertise and resoluteness,” said Weber. “This calls for profound knowledge of the airline business and skill in negotiating with all those concerned. Dr. Rausch possesses such skills in abundance. He is the ideal person for this job.”