Kreuzpaintner appointed vice president Lufthansa group


Dr Stefan Kreuzpaintner

Dr Stefan Kreuzpaintner

Dr Stefan Kreuzpaintner has been appointed Vice President (Sales) EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) of the Lufthansa Group Airlines.

Lufthansa made the announcement in a statement signed by its media consultant, Mr Hakeem Jimo on Wednesday in Lagos.

The statement said the appointment of the 43-year-old Kreuzpaintner takes effect from May 1.

It said Kreuzpaintner would be responsible for all sales and commercial activities in the EMEA region, including Nigeria.

According to the statement, this comprises 74 markets in Europe (except for the airlines’ home markets Austria, Germany and Switzerland), the Middle East, as well as Africa.

“Kreuzpaintner will be based in Frankfurt and manage the recently merged areas of Europe and Middle East/Africa for the Group’s premium airlines Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa and SWISS.

“Furthermore, Kreuzpaintner and his entire sales team will represent Brussels Airlines in many markets, as well as support the sales activities of Eurowings,’’ the statement said.

It said in his function, Kreuzpaintner would report to his predecessor, Mr Heike Birlenbach, Senior Vice President Sales Lufthansa Hub Airlines and Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) Hub Frankfurt.

The statement quoted Birlenbach as describing Kreuzpaintner as an airline manager with vast experience within the Lufthansa Group, including Network Planning, Revenue Management, Distribution and Sales.

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“With his qualification and dedication, we will further strengthen our premium customer approach in these key markets.

“Kreuzpainter’s close ties to our strong airline brands Austrian, Lufthansa and SWISS clearly support our commercial strategy to increase the customers’ choice and flexibility within our airline group in the future,’’ he is quoted as saying.

It said that prior to joining Lufthansa, Kreuzpaintner completed a training programme with Commerzbank and then enrolled at the University of Maastricht for International Management.

“In 2003, he received a PhD from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. In the same year, he started his career with Lufthansa in Frankfurt as a Network Manager for Africa and the Middle East.

“Just two years later, he joined the Revenue Management team in Munich, the airline’s second biggest hub, where he was appointed Director of the entire Revenue Management Unit in Munich in 2007.

“In October 2012, Kreuzpaintner moved to the airlines’ sales organisation as General Manager for the Lufthansa Group in the key markets of Spain and Portugal,’’ the statement said.

It added that after moving to Brussels Airlines as Vice President Pricing, Revenue Management and Distribution in March 2015, Kreuzpaintner further strengthened the competitiveness and the business model of the leading Belgian carrier.

The statement said Brussels Airlines would be integrated into the Eurowings Group within the next few years.

It said Kreuzpaintner is married with two children.

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