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Lufthansa Appoints Stefan Kreuzpaintner as EMEA Vice President of Sales

Lufthansa Group Airlines recently appointed Dr. Stefan Kreuzpaintner as Vice President of Sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Dr. Kreuzpaintner will be responsible for all sales and commercial activities of the Group’s premium airlines Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa and SWISS in the recently merged areas of Europe (which comprises 74 markets except for the airlines’ home markets Austria, Germany and Switzerland) and Middle East/Africa.

Furthermore, Mr. Kreuzpaintner and his entire sales team will represent Brussels Airlines in many markets as well as support the sales activities of Eurowings.

”Stefan Kreuzpaintner is an airline manager with a vast experience within the Lufthansa Group, including Network Planning, Revenue Management, Distribution and Sales. With his qualification and dedication we will further strengthen our premium customer approach in these key markets,” said Heike Birlenbach, Senior Vice President of Sales for the Hub airlines of the Lufthansa Group and Chief Commercial Officer at the Frankfurt Hub.

Prior to joining Lufthansa, Dr. Stefan Kreuzpaintner completed a training program with Commerzbank and then enrolled in the University of Maastricht in International Management. In 2003 he received a Ph.D. from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. In the same year he started his career with Lufthansa in Frankfurt as a Network Manager for Africa and the Middle East. Just two years later, he joined the Revenue Management team in Munich, the airline’s second biggest hub, where he was appointed Director of the entire Revenue Management unit in Munich in 2007.

In October 2012, Dr. Kreuzpaintner moved to the airlines’ sales organization as General Manager for the Lufthansa Group in the key markets Spain and Portugal. In March 2015 he was appointed Vice President of Pricing, Revenue Management and Distribution of Brussels Airlines, which will be integrated into the Eurowings Group within the next years.


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