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Dr. Christoph Klingenberg takes charge of IT at Lufthansa Passenger Airlines


Planning, development and steering of IT system landscape

Dr. Christoph Klingenberg (48) has been appointed head of Information Management and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Lufthansa Passenger Airlines, with effect from 1 April 2009. His responsibilities encompass planning, development and operational steering of all IT systems at Lufthansa Passenger Airlines. In that function, he will oversee the implementation of IT as well as the reliable and efficient operation of IT systems in diverse business processes in the passenger business segment. At his new post, Dr. Klingenberg will report direct to Dr. Holger Hätty, Executive Vice President Strategy IT and Purchasing Lufthansa Passenger Airlines. Dr. Klingenberg succeeds Christoph Ganswindt, who is moving at his own request to Deutsche Telekom AG.

As Senior Vice President Non-hub Services since 2005, Dr. Christoph Klingenberg was responsible for planning and operation of all Lufthansa domestic and European direct flights that are not routed through the Frankfurt and Munich hubs.

After studying mathematics at Hamburg, Princeton and Bonn universities, and a term as visiting research assistant at Harvard in Cambridge/Massachusetts. Dr. Klingenberg was employed as a consultant at McKinsey & Company in Düsseldorf between 1990 and 1996. He joined Lufthansa in charge of corporate organisation in 1996. From 1997 to 1999, Dr. Klingenberg was Senior Vice President Corporate Development and Organisation. In that capacity, he was responsible for initiating new cooperation accords with Lufthansa partners, ongoing development of the Star Alliance, and Lufthansa’s evolution into an aviation group.

From June 1999, he was in charge of the “Operational Excellence” project, which improved Lufthansa’s punctuality rating by ten percentage points in the space of a year. From 2001 to 2003, Dr. Klingenberg served as Executive Vice President and General Representative Group Infrastructure at Deutsche Lufthansa AG. At that post, he was responsible for such issues as airport expansion and the resolution of European air traffic problems. Prior to his appointment as Senior Vice President Non-hub Services, he was from May 2003 to September 2005 responsible as Senior Vice President and Group General Representative for improving the profitability of Lufthansa’s European traffic operations.


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