#BrusselsAirlines announced appointment of new CEO


(Posted 11th December 2019)

Brussels Airlines just announced the appointment of Dieter Vranckx, a Belgian citizen, who will effective 01st of January 2020 take over from Christina Foerster. Dieter will also hold the position as Chief Commercial Officer.Christina joined the airline in 2016 as Chief Commercial Officer and in 2018 was appointed CEO of the Belgian national airline.
Dieter Vranckx, who is aged 46, served Brussels Airlines since May 2018 as Chief Financial Officer and also as Deputy CEO of Brussels Airlines.

After completing his Commercial Engineering studies in Brussels, Dieter Vranckx obtained a Master of Business Administration at the Solvay Business School. In 2007 and 2016, he pursued Advanced Management Programs at the London Business School and the IMD business school in Lausanne.

In 1998, Vranckx held the position of Operations Manager at Sabena, the predecessor of today’s Brussels Airlines, before joining Swissair in Zurich in 2000 as Senior Manager Network Planning Europe.
At the end of 2001, he was part of the network planning team setting up the newly created SN Brussels Airlines network.
Between 2001 and 2016, he headed several departments within the Lufthansa Group.

While based in Hong-Kong, Dieter Vranckx was between 2003 and 2006 responsible for the Asia Pacific markets for Swiss International Airlines. After 2006, he acted as Vice President Asia & Africa for Swiss WorldCargo. From 2010 until 2013, he was Regional Director USA Midwest and Canada at Lufthansa Cargo and between 2013 and 2016 Vice President Home Markets at Swiss International Air Lines.

From 2016 till 2018, Vranckx was leading the Lufthansa Group Sales in Asia Pacific, based in Singapore.

Dieter Vranckx is well-known to the aviation industry. Since more than one year he is successfully fulfilling his role as Chief Financial Officer of Brussels Airlines. He is also heading the company’s turnaround plan REBOOT aiming at reaching structural profitability as of 2022. As real aviation expert and all-round manager who is very familiar with the Lufthansa Group, he is the right person to bring Brussels Airlines to the next level, together with his teams.

At the same time, I wish to thank Christina Foerster for her exemplary commitment the last three years, bringing Brussels Airlines not only even closer to the Lufthansa Group, but increasing the company’s competitiveness by setting the right priorities and establishing a strong managerial structure. Together with my colleague Jan Smets, I wish Mrs. Foerster the very best with her new responsibilities. I am sure that her in-depth knowledge of Brussels Airlines within the Lufthansa Group Executive Board will further promote the synergies between the two companies‘ said Etienne Davignon, Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of SN Airholding when making the announcement.

With her excellent people management skills and her perseverance in bringing departments closer together in order to achieve even greater goals, Christina Foerster succeeded in putting Brussels Airlines on the map – not only in terms of the company’s Africa expertise, by establishing the Lufthansa Groups Sub-Saharan Africa Competence Centre in Brussels, but also by further developing the airline’s customer centricity and its capability of addressing the future with the right mindset.
With his long and extensive background in the aviation industry as well as with his excellent analytical and commercial skills, I am convinced that Dieter Vranckx will succeed in further bringing Brussels Airlines to new heights.
I wish both a lot of success in their respective new functions
‘ then added Thorsten Dirks, Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of SN Airholding and CEO of Eurowings

A new CFO of Brussels Airlines will be appointed in due course.

Brussels Airlines flies daily between the European capital city and Entebbe in Uganda, with one of the weekly frequencies routing via Bujumbura in Burundi while the remaining six flights route via Kigali in Rwanda.

ATCNews extends best wishes to Dieter and acknowledges the excellent cooperation with Brussels Airlines during the Christine Foerster yeas at the helm of airline. We wish Christina the very best in her new responsibilities at Lufthansa German Airlines.