Lufthansa Technik’s founding chairman, Wolfgang Mayrhuber, who later became the chairman and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa, has died at age 71.
The airline said that Mayrhuber had passed away Dec. 1, due to a serious illness.
He worked for the airline group for more than 40 years, starting as an engineer in the field of engine maintenance. After holding various management positions, Mayrhuber became chairman of the then newly founded Lufthansa Technik in 1994. In 2001 he was appointed to the Group executive board with responsibility for passenger services, and the following year he became the board’s deputy chairman. He was chairman from 2003 to 2010, a period during which Lufthansa acquired Austrian Airlines and Swiss, together with a major stake in Brussels Airlines.
Mayrhuber was chairman of Lufthansa’s supervisory board from 2013 to 2017.
The current chairman of Lufthansa Group, Carsten Spohr, expressed sympathy on behalf of Lufthansa Group’s 134,000 employees at the news of Mayrhuber’s demise: "Wolfgang Mayrhuber has served and shaped our company for more than 45 years. We Lufthansa employees thank him for his great service to the Lufthansa Group. Our thoughts are now with his family."