Austrian Airlines Gets New Chief Commercial Officer

Karsten Benz, currently the Europe head of the sales & services Division at Lufthansa Passage, will succeed Andreas Bierwirth in the position of chief commercial officer at Austrian Airlines. The Supervisory Board Steering Committee will propose the change to the Supervisory Board at its next meeting. Benz is expected to take up his new position on April 1.

Karsten Benz is currently responsible for Sales in 45 markets in the Lufthansa Group, and for Ground Handling at 104 airports. As area manager for Europe, he currently has responsibility for 1,200 employees. Benz was previously responsible for Network and Fleet Planning at Lufthansa. The native of Stuttgart began his career in 1990 in the accounting department of Lufthansa. Benz studied Economics at the Universities of Cologne and Bamberg in Germany, and at Columbia Business School in New York.