During its meeting on September 15, the Supervisory Board of Lufthansa Technik AG appointed Dr. Johannes Bussmann (45) the new Chairman of the Executive Board for the company. Dr. Bussmann will take over the position from August Wilhelm Henningsen (63) on April 1, 2015, with Mr. Henningsen due to retire in the coming year.
Through the move, the Supervisory Board has ensured continuity in the management of Lufthansa Technik, the world leader for technical aviation services, early on. "Under August Wilhelm Henningsen's leadership, Lufthansa Technik has become a world leader within the Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) industry. I would like to thank him for the outstanding contribution he has made to the company," said Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Lufthansa Technik AG and Chairman of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. "With Dr. Bussmann, an experienced and successful Lufthansa Technik manager will take over his duties in April 2015. I look forward to a trusting and successful working relationship with him," added Spohr.
Dr. Bussmann has been the member of the Executive Board responsible for Human Resources, Engine & VIP Services at the Lufthansa subsidiary since September 2012. In 1999, the Doctor of Aerospace Engineering moved from the ABB Group to Lufthansa Technik and began his career in the Product Development and Sales division. Bussmann was appointed Vice President Marketing & Sales in 2005 and Senior Vice President Component Services in 2007. He was then Senior Vice President Engine Services before he joined the Executive Board.
August Wilhelm Henningsen has been the Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Technik AG since 2001. After joining Lufthansa in 1979, he held various management positions in Engineering and Production. He then headed the Component Services division in Hamburg from 1993 until 1997 before he was appointed General Manager of Ameco Beijing, a joint venture between Lufthansa and Air China, in 1997.
Between 2000 and 2001, he was the member of the Executive Board responsible for Products and Services.
The Lufthansa Technik Group, with more than 30 subsidiaries and about 26,000 employees worldwide, is one of the leading of services for the aviation industry. Lufthansa Technik is licensed internationally as a repair, production and development enterprise. The Group's portfolio encompasses the entire spectrum of services in the areas of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification and conversion, engines and components.