Already head of the passenger airline, Wolfgang Mayrhuber was named deputy chairman of Lufthansa group in April, in preparation for Jürgen Weber's departure next year.

Born in Austria in 1947. Studied mechanical engineering in Austria and Canada.

Joined Lufthansa as an engineer in 1970, going on to management roles within maintenance operation.

Made executive vice-president and chief operating officer technical at Lufthansa in 1992. Appointed Lufthansa Technik chairman when it became a standalone business in 1994.

Finished management course at MIT in 1990. Led restructuring efforts in crisis of early 1990s.

Made president and chief executive of the Lufthansa German airlines passenger business from 2001, and deputy chairman in April 2002.

Source: Airline Business