Hartmut Mehdorn, the former Chief Executive of air berlin has been appointed as the new head of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH, the operating company that manages the much-delayed Berlin Brandenburg Airport.
Matthias Platzeck, State Premier of the land of Brandenburg and Chairman of the airport’s supervisory board commented: “With Hartmut Mehdorn, we have appointed a highly experienced manager with an extensive track record in the aviation sector. I am certain that under his leadership, Berlin Brandenburg Airport will be met with increased acceptance, and that as CEO he will put the airport back on track towards a successful
Mr Mehdorn said: “I very much appreciate the trust of the supervisory board to task me with the leadership of the airport company and with the completion of BER in such difficult circumstances. The most important task will be to regain the trust of the airport’s customers, the airlines, and to commence flight operations at BER in a dependable and reliable manner.”
Mr Mehdorn was born on July 31, 1942, and was raised in Berlin. He is married with three children. He began his career in 1965 in the R&D department of Focke-Wulf and later became head of production at MBB. From 1979 to 1984 he was member of the management board of Airbus Industrie SA in Toulouse, and from 1984 to 1989 he headed the MBB Group‘s aviation subsidiary; in 1985 he also became a member of MBB’s management board; from 1989 he was CEO of Airbus Germany, and until 1995 he was a board member of Deutsche Aerospace AG. From 1995 to 1999 he was CEO of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG and also a member of the management board of energy company RWE AG. From late 1999 to April 2009 Mr Mehdorn served as CEO of German railway operator Deutsche Bahn AG. On July 1, 2009, he became a member of the
supervisory board of air berlin PLC, and from September 1, 2011, to January 6, 2013,
he was also the airline’s Chief Executive.