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Berlin Airports announces management reshuffle at Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg, CEO dismissed

17-Jan-2013 9:22 AM

Germany's Berlin Airports stated (16-Jan-2013) the supervisory board of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH unanimously decided to implement a number of personnel changes. Matthias Platzeck, Prime Minister of the State of Brandenburg, will be the new chairman of the supervisory board. He succeeds Klaus Wowereit, Governing Mayor of Berlin, who held this office since 2001. Mr Wowereit will in future be deputy chairman of the supervisory board. Rainer Bomba, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport, will chair the supervisory board project committee. He succeeds Ralf Christophers, who was until now the committee’s chairman. Mr Christophers continues as a member of the supervisory board in his capacity as a representative of the State of Brandenburg. At the same time, the supervisory board decided to reorganise the company management. Prof. Dr. Rainer Schwarz, CEO and commercial director since 2006, has been dismissed with immediate effect. In future a triumvirate will head the company. Mr Platzeck announced interviews will soon be held with candidates for the positions of CEO and CFO to complete the executive board. Mr Patzeck commented: “The Supervisory Board meeting today demonstrated the common will of the three shareholders, the German government, Berlin and Brandenburg, to haul the company back out of the deep water it is currently in: We are all pulling together. Over the coming months, we aim to put complete our appraisal of the situation at Berlin Brandenburg Airport, the most important project for the future of eastern Germany, so that we can then establish a realistic and reliable schedule for the successful completion of all outstanding work on the air-port through to its opening. To this end, the Supervisory Board will be called upon to make some tough decisions and to exercise tighter control of the company. At today’s Supervisory Board meeting, we have now taken the first steps to realign the company and BER." [more - original PR]