Andreas Otto, current board member product & sales at Lufthansa Cargo in Frankfurt, will become new chief commercial officer of Austrian Airlines AG as of 1 October 2014. He will succeed Karsten Benz, who is returning to the Lufthansa Group in Frankfurt as of 1 October 2014.
“I am delighted to gain an experienced and successful airline manager from our own ranks in Andreas Otto. For 14 years he helped shape the development of Lufthansa Cargo AG into one of the world’s most profitable cargo airlines”, said Harry Hohmeister, chairman of the supervisory boards of both Austrian Airlines and Lufthansa Cargo. Hohmeister sees this new appointment as a “clear commitment of the Lufthansa Group to developing Austrian Airlines into a quality airline at destination Vienna.”
Andreas Otto was born in Mettmann near Düsseldorf on 9 October 1962. After training as a bank manager, he started a course in business administration at Cologne University in 1985. During his studies, Otto took part in a foreign exchange as part of the International Management programme with Stockholm. After various internships in London, Paris and New York, Otto completed his studies in 1991 obtaining a degree in business administration. In 1994 he was awarded a doctorate (Dr rer. pol).