Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Deutsche Lufthansa AG
Dr. Christoph Franz, who was born on May 2, 1960, in Frankfurt am Main, has been Chairman of the Executive Board & Chief Executive Officer Deutsche Lufthansa AG since January 1, 2011. As such, he is responsible for the Lufthansa Group, which comprises the Passenger Airline Group, Logistics, MRO, Catering and IT Services segments and has over 116,000 employees worldwide.
After studying in Germany, France and the USA and earning a doctorate (Dr. rer. pol.) from Darmstadt Technical University, Germany, Christoph Franz joined Deutsche Lufthansa AG in 1990. Initially he was involved in strategy, sales and controlling projects in Germany, France and Turkey. From 1992 to 1994 he served as a member of the staff team around then-CEO Jürgen Weber which devised and implemented the airline’s corporate turnaround following the upheavals of the first Gulf War. In 1994, with Lufthansa’s turnaround successfully completed, Franz moved to Deutsche Bahn AG, where he held various executive functions over the next nine years. These culminated in his appointment as a Member of the Executive Board and CEO of the company’s passenger transport division.
On July 1, 2004, Christoph Franz was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS). On June 1, 2009, Christoph Franz then joined the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG as Chief Executive Officer Lufthansa German Airlines, in overall charge of the company’s Passenger Airline business. He further served as deputy to the Executive Board Chairman & CEO.
On September 22, 2010, the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG named Christoph Franz Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.
The appointment is effective since January 1, 2011, for a term until May 31, 2014, in accordance with German stock corporation law.