Swiss International Air Lines Ltd.
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12 May 2009
The SWISS Board of Directors today appointed Holger Hätty as a member of the company’s Management Board and Chief Commercial Officer, with responsibility for all revenue, distribution, marketing and product management activities. Hätty, who is 50, comes to SWISS from Lufthansa Passenger Transportation, where he has been serving on the Executive Board in charge of strategy, alliances & holdings, network management, IT and purchasing since 2004. His assumption of his duties on 1 July will complete the SWISS Management Board, whose reduction from five to four members will simplify and streamline SWISS’s top-management structure.
The SWISS Board of Directors has appointed Holger Hätty as the company’s Chief Commercial Officer and a member of the Management Board. He will be responsible for all revenue, distribution, marketing and product management activities. His appointment sees the SWISS Management Board streamlined to four members, a resizing that will simplify the present structure. It also completes CEO-designate Harry Hohmeister’s top-management team.
“Holger Hätty has achieved sizeable successes in his various functions at Lufthansa and other companies,” says SWISS Chairman of the Board Rolf Jetzer. “He is also well known to our Board of Directors, thanks to the key role he played in SWISS’s successful integration into the Lufthansa Group. We are delighted to have secured his services as our new Chief Commercial Officer.”
Holger Hätty adds: “SWISS has regained its place as one of the leading airlines in the last few years, and has earned itself an excellent reputation throughout Switzerland and beyond. It will be my privilege and my duty to help SWISS continue along this path and shape its further business success.”
An experienced airline manager
Holger Hätty has been a member of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Passenger Transportation, the biggest business segment of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, since 1 January 2004. In this capacity he bears overall responsibility for strategy, alliances & holdings, network management, IT and purchasing, and is also overseeing the service introduction of the new Airbus A380.
Holger Hätty began his Lufthansa career in 1995, when he was tasked with developing the Product & Service Management unit of Lufthansa Passenger Transportation. As head of his department, he bore overall responsibility for devising and developing ground and inflight services and for cabin interior design. From 1999 until his appointment to the Executive Board, he headed Strategic Group Organisation & Development at Deutsche Lufthansa AG in Frankfurt, reporting directly to CEO Jürgen Weber and later Wolfgang Mayrhuber.
Prior to joining Lufthansa, Holger Hätty had served from 1989 to 1992 as a project manager at Roland Berger & Partner, providing strategic consultancy services in the consumer goods, services and trading fields. His work here included various mandates with major Swiss corporations. He then moved on to Sixt AG, Munich, where he headed the company’s marketing and communications until 1995.
Holger Hätty, who is 50 years old, studied business administration at Erlangen-Nuremberg University. After obtaining his commercial diploma, he earned his doctorate in 1988 while also serving as an assistant to the university’s professor of marketing. In 2002 he completed a Senior Management Programme lasting several months at the Harvard Business School, Cambridge/USA.