Lufthansa Cargo chief to take helm at passenger division

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Lufthansa has appointed its cargo chief, Karl Ulrich Garnadt, to lead the airline’s passenger division, while senior executive Peter Gerber will take the reins at the freight arm.

Garnadt will replace Carsten Spohr as chief executive of Lufthansa’s passenger business when Spohr succeeds Christoph Franz as chief executive of the German airline group on 1 May.

Before he became head of Lufthansa Cargo in 2011, Garnadt was part of the senior executive team for the passenger business, with responsibility for hub management, cabin crews and customer service.

His appointment was made in “close co-ordination” with Spohr, says supervisory board chairman Wolfgang Mayrhuber.

Spohr was cargo chief before Garnadt.

Gerber has been on the board of Lufthansa passenger’s division since mid-2012, responsible for human resources, IT and services. He was previously in charge of finance, IT and HR at the cargo arm.

Bettina Volkens – director of industrial relations on the group board, in charge of personnel and legal affairs across all divisions – will take over direct responsibility for HR at the passenger airline.

The streamlining of responsibility will help the “cultural change” under Franz’s efficiency programme Score, a change to be established “even more thoroughly in future”, says Lufthansa.