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Lufthansa Cargo announces key management appointments

New responsibilities for Achim Martinka, Bernhard Kindelbacher and Dr Jan-Wilhelm Breithaupt

Frankfurt, 18 Mar 2016

Lufthansa Cargo has appointed new area managers for the regions Europe & Africa and The Americas as well a new Head of Global Handling Management.

As of 1 June 2016, Achim Martinka will be in charge of sales and handling in the region Europe & Africa. He succeeds Carsten Wirths, who had started his new position as Managing Director of Lufthansa CityLine GmbH early this month. Since October 2010 Martinka has been in charge of Lufthansa Cargo’s activities in North and South America as Vice President Area Management The Americas. Previously, the holder of a degree in business administration had been responsible for the markets France, Switzerland and the Benelux countries as Regional Director Sales & Handling.

Another seasoned Lufthansa Cargo manager, Bernhard Kindelbacher, will move to Atlanta to take over as Head of Area Management The Americas as of 1 June 2016. Since 2010 Kindelbacher has been in charge of Strategy, Subsidiaries & Business Development at Lufthansa Cargo. In that position, he is responsible for strategy development and equity investment management as well as cooperation agreements and the cargo airline’s long-term fleet strategy. From 2000 to 2004 he had already worked for Lufthansa Cargo in the USA as Director of Sales USA Northeast & Midwest and Canada, based in New York.

As of 1 April 2016, Dr Jan-Wilhelm Breithaupt will be the cargo airline’s new Director of Global Handling Management. The holder of a doctorate in engineering has been with Lufthansa Cargo since July 2010 and is currently in charge of Global Handling Development & Solutions. Breithaupt had previously served as Director Global Passenger Processes with responsibility for the digitalisation of world-wide check-in and gate processes for Lufthansa Passage. Breithaupt succeeds Thilo Schäfer, who had left Lufthansa Cargo at his own request in late February.

“We are very happy to be able to fill these key positions with highly experienced and successful managers from our own company”, said Peter Gerber, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Cargo. “They are reliable partners for our customers and will continue to drive our company forward despite a very challenging market environment.“