Cologne-Bonn Airport through its supervisory board has unanimously elected Thilo Schmid as the new CEO of the German air hub with immediate effect.
The 46-year-old will form the new management of Cologne-Bonn Airport together with second managing director and batchmate Torsten Schrank, the company’s finance chief.
Mr Schmid, who has worked in the transport and logistics sector within the Lufthansa Group, has 20 years of experience and is described as a ‘recognised airport expert who has both extensive knowledge of aviation and considerable experience in airport management.’
Schmid started as managing director for handling services at Düsseldorf Airport. He moved to the senior vice president position for aviation and accountable manager in 2019 and has been responsible for all operational and commercial divisions at the airport, which has around 900 employees.
Prof. Klaus-Dieter Scheurle, chairman of the Supervisory Board of the airport said it is facing major economic and environmental challenges that need to be overcome on the path to climate-neutral airport operations.
“We are convinced that Mr Schmid will carry out these tasks with great commitment and determination, together with all our staff, and will lead Cologne Bonn Airport into a sustainable and successful future.”
The new CEO succeeds Johan Vanneste, who has been president and CEO since May 2018.