Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO
Christoph Franz, born on 2 May 1960, has been Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG since 1 January 2011. After studying and gaining his doctorate in engineering and business administration in Germany, France and the USA, he began his career at Deutsche Lufthansa AG in 1990. One of the achievements here was his involvement in the turnaround of the Company in the 1990s. In 1994 he moved to Deutsche Bahn AG, where after different positions he became management board member with responsibility for passenger traffic from 1999. On 1 July 2004 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Swiss International Air Lines AG. This was followed by the appointment as of 1 June 2009 as Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG and at the same time as Chairman of Lufthansa German Airlines.
Chief Financial Officer
Stephan Gemkow, born on 23 January 1960, has been a member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG since 1 June 2006. He has a degree in business studies and started work as a management consultant at BDO Deutsche Warentreuhand AG in 1988. His career at Lufthansa began in 1990 in Group organisation and strategic corporate development. After holding various management posts in operational areas he became Area Sales Manager in Washington D.C. in 1994. In 1997 he was made head of Investor Relations and in 2001 head of Group finances, before being appointed to the Executive Board of Lufthansa Cargo AG in 2004. In addition to his duties on the Lufthansa Executive Board, Stephan Gemkow chairs the supervisory boards of numerous Group companies. Stephan Gemkow is also a member of the Stock Exchange Expert Commission.
Chief Officer Group Airlines and Corporate Human Resources
Stefan Lauer, born on 24 March 1955, has been a member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG since 1 August 2000. After qualifying as a lawyer in 1983 he began his career working for the Frankfurt City Council. In 1986 he became Private Secretary to the Mayor. On 1 January 1990, he joined Deutsche Lufthansa AG as head of the executive liaison department. In early 2000 he became Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Lufthansa Cargo AG, having held the post of Board member for sales and marketing at Lufthansa Cargo AG since 1 January 1997. In addition to his duties on the Executive Board of Lufthansa, Stefan Lauer is a member of the steering committees of BDI, the federation of German industry, and BDA, the German federation of employers’ associations. He is also Chairman of the Executive Board of the German Association for Personnel Management.
Chief Officer Lufthansa German Airlines
Carsten Spohr, born on 16 December 1966, has been a member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG and CEO of Lufthansa German Airlines since 1 January 2011. Following a degree in engineering and business administration, Carsten Spohr obtained his commercial pilot’s licence before completing the trainee programme at Deutsche Aerospace AG. In 1994 he returned to Deutsche Lufthansa with responsibility for personnel marketing. From 1995 to 1998 he worked as assistant to the CEO before becoming head of regional partner management in August 1998. In October 2004 Carsten Spohr was appointed to the Board of Lufthansa Passenger Airlines. As of 15 January 2007 he was made Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Lufthansa Cargo AG.