Executive Board, Austrian
Jaan Albrecht became CEO of Austrian Airlines on November 1st, 2011. He is directly responsible for Finance and Accounting, Procurement, Business Development & Corporate Strategy, International Relations & Aeropolitical Affairs, Corporate Communications, Legal Issues and Revision.
Albrecht is a man of aviation. He began his career as a pilot with Mexican airline Mexicana at the age of 18. He worked there for 20 years, as First Officer, Captain and Chief Pilot of the airline’s Boeing 727 fleet, before switching to management in 1990. From 1990 to 1994 he worked as Senior Vice President Operations. In 1995, as Senior Vice President, he took over the management of Sales and Marketing. In 1998 he was appointed as Executive Vice President Commercial.
As CEO of AeroPeru for two-and-a-half years, Albrecht managed the company’s privatisation and restructuring on behalf of Cintra, the parent company of Mexicana and AeroMexico. In 1999 he was appointed CEO of Aeromexpress, the group’s cargo subsidiary. He was also Vice President Administration and Finance at IFALPA, the International Federation of Airline Pilots’ Associations, from 1986 to 1990.
Albrecht took over the position of CEO of the Star Alliance in 2001. He made a decisive contribution to the expansion of the leading role of the Star Alliance in global aviation markets. The number of Star Alliance member airlines increased to 28 airlines under his management.
Albrecht has dual German and Mexican nationality. He has a degree as an architect from the Technical University of Mexico, and speaks Spanish, English and German fluently. Married with three daughters, he also has a family connection with Austria; his grandparents originally came from Upper Austria.