The chairman of the executive board of Lufthansa Technik, Dr Johannes Bussmann (53), has announced that he will leave the Lufthansa Group, at his own request, later this year. After more than seven years in his current role and 10 years on the company’s executive board, he will hand over leadership of the company to current COO, Soeren Stark (55). Bussmann is set to become CEO of an unspecified “major German technology company”.
Stark has been a member of Lufthansa Technik’s board since 2019 and previously held a number of other executive functions at Lufthansa Cargo and Lufthansa Technik. Subject to the approval of the Supervisory Board, Stark will assume his new role on 1 July 2022.
Johannes Bussmann said: “I look back with great gratitude on my years as Chairman of the Executive Board and my 23-year career at Lufthansa Technik. We have achieved great things during this time. I am really proud to have been a part of this success story and to have had the opportunity to lead this company over the past seven years. The time has come for me to take on new responsibilities outside the aviation industry. It is a challenge that I am looking forward to tackling.”
His appointed successor, Soeren Stark, joined Lufthansa Technik’s executive board as Chief Operations Officer in January 2019. In this role, he is responsible for technical operations and logistics. Previously, Stark headed the Executive Board department Operations at Lufthansa Cargo AG for three years. He began his career at Lufthansa Technik in 2004 as managing director of Lufthansa Technik Logistik in Hamburg. From 2011 to 2016, the industrial engineer headed the aircraft overhaul business at Lufthansa Technik AG.