COO Gaudenz Ambühl hands over to Rainer Hiltebrand but remains with SWISS

5 May 2010

Rainer Hiltebrand succeeded Gaudenz Ambühl as SWISS Chief Operating Officer at the beginning of May.

Gaudenz Ambühl handed over the position of SWISS Chief Operating Officerto Rainer Hiltebrand at the beginning of May. SWISS is delighted that Gaudenz Ambühl will remain with the company for around a further year to support various projects. Ever since its foundation, throughout its turnaround and during its subsequent climb, SWISS has been able to count on Gaudenz Ambühl asa universally-admired and highly professional executive who enjoysthe confidence and appreciation of the company’s cockpit crew, cabin staff and ground personnel.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors and the Management Board, I would liketo offer Gaudenz Ambühl my warmest thanks for his exceptional contribution toour company’s positioning and success,” says SWISS CEO Harry Hohmeister. “Gaudenz Ambühl is handing over to Rainer Hiltebrand a division that is superbly organised, functions well and delivers excellent service quality. And we are delighted that, in Rainer Hiltebrand, we have found such an experienced and highly-qualified successor.”

Rainer Hiltebrand assumed his new position as SWISS Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Management Board at the beginning of May. He comes to SWISS from Flughafen Zürich AG (Zurich Airport’s operating company), wherehe served as head of operations and a member of executive management.As a former Swissair pilot, chief flying instructor, chief pilot and head of operations, he is already well familiar with the prime areas of his new responsibilities, and will be able to draw on long and extensive experience in his new capacity.