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New airport CEO in Berlin

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

Karsten MuhlenfeldKarsten Mühlenfeld will be appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH.

The corresponding decision was taken today at the meeting of the Supervisory Board. The current Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Rainer Bretschneider, commented: "We are very pleased that we are able to recruit Karsten Mühlenfeld as the new head of Berlin’s airports. He is an outstanding manager with broad experience in the industry sector. I am confident that he will be able to lead FBB into the future."

Dr Karsten Mühlenfeld was born on 1 June 1963. He is married with two children. In 1987 he graduated in mechanical engineering, as the best student of his year. He then worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Mechanics of TU Berlin before gaining his doctorate as Doctor of Engineering in 1992. He began his career at BMW Rolls-Royce GmbH in Munich in 1993 and then in 1996 transferred to the company’s location in Dahlewitz, Brandenburg. From 2004 to 2007 he was Technical Director at Europrop International (EPI) in Madrid, a joint venture between the European engine manufacturers for the development of the TP400 engine for the Airbus A400M aircraft. He continued to work at Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd. & Co. KG until 2014, most recently as Engineering & Operations Director where he was responsible for the development and technical support of all 2,500 civil small & medium engines (CSME) worldwide, with a workforce of some 1,200 employees. In 2015 he held the post of Development Director at Bombardier Transportation GmbH, Berlin.

Mühlenfeld will be taking up his post as soon as possible. The 51-year-old manager is the successor to Hartmut Mehdorn, who in December 2014 had announced that he would be standing down. During his presentation to the public, Mühlenfeld said: "I am looking forward to the coming tasks. Berlin Brandenburg Airport is the most important future project for the Berlin-Brandenburg region. Important phases have already been completed. Now we need to make the airport company fit for the future and, following all the crises and problems in the past, to ensure that the airport can regain more public acceptance."

On behalf of the entire Supervisory Board, State Secretary Bretschneider expressed his sincere thanks to the outgoing CEO Hartmut Mehdorn for his major commitment with both heart and mind. "We certainly didn’t always make things easy for ourselves, but now we’re on a clear course and I thank Hartmut Mehdorn expressly for this," said the State Secretary.

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