Air Berlin on Monday announced the appointment of Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, 56, as the new CEO of the airline. Prock-Schauer also becomes an executive director on the board of directors of Air Berlin.
Prock-Schauer succeeds Hartmut Mehdorn, who has held the position of CEO on an interim basis since September 1, 2011.
“With Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, the top position at airberlin will be taken over by a widely respected expert in the airline industry, who has extensive experience in international management. He will continue to promote the process of change and, as CEO, take responsibility from the start for the planned two-year Turbine Turnaround Program and press ahead with reorganisation of the company,” said Dr Hans-Joachim Körber, chairman of the board of directors of Air Berlin PLC.
Wolfgang Prock-Schauer said: “airberlin is facing huge challenges. We must continue to push our process of change forward rapidly to become lean and smart, so that we can be successful in the global competitive environment. Together with my colleagues on the board of directors, the management board, and the employees of airberlin, we will put all our effort into this task.”
airberlin is one of Europe’s leading airlines and flies to 170 destinations in 40 countries. As the second largest airline in Germany, the company has a workforce of 9,300 employees. The airline carried more than 35 million passengers in 2011.
airberlin offers a global route network through its partnership with Etihad Airways and membership in the oneworld airline alliance. airberlin operates codeshare flights worldwide with 14 airlines. The fleet of 158 aircraft has an average age of five years.
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