German carrier Lufthansa has named Heiko Reitz as it new chief commercial officer, with incumbent Stefan Kreuzpainter taking up a Lufthansa Group role with responsibility for network alliance and partner management.
Reitz is currently senior vice-president network and mobility management across Lufthansa Group airlines, having previously served as vice-president network management at Lufthansa Group low-cost operation Eurowings.
Lufthansa notes Reitz has made several key strategic decisions for network, alliance and partner management over recent years to drove harmonization among Lufthansa operators, as well as helping to stablise the company as a crisis manager during the pandemic.
Lufthansa chief executive Jan Ritter says: ”With his experience in the commercial sector, his deep understanding of comprehensive partnerships, networks and customer offerings and developments in the airline industry, Heiko Reitz will drive the development of Lufthansa Airlines with a strong focus on customer needs.”
Kreuzpaintner has served as Lufthansa chief commercial officer since the start of 2021, during which time he oversaw the post-pandemic introduction of the German carrier’s new premium product and the development of its Munich hub operation.
Lufthansa Group board member with responsibility for commercial passenger airlines, Harry Hohmeister, says: ”I am looking forward to working again with Stefan Kreuzpaintner, who will use his know-how, creativity and ambition to further develop partner and network management for the entire group. His experience as Lufthansa Airlines CCO will be of great importance when integrating new partners and airlines into commercial processes.”