German Christoph Mueller: New man to lead Malaysia Airlines out of problems

A German will be in charge to lead Malaysia Airlines next year.

German Christoph Mueller: New man to lead Malaysia Airlines out of problems

A German will be in charge to lead Malaysia Airlines next year. Malaysia Airlines has picked the current CEO of Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus, Christoph Mueller, a German national as its future CEO as the airline struggles to recover from its two devastating disasters this year. It was announced yesterday.

The appointments by Khazanah Nasional Bhd in the restructured Malaysia Airlines Systems Bhd (MAS) today are part of efforts to lay strong foundations for the future success of the national carrier, said Malaysia Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak.

Mueller will take over by mid-2015, said an announcement by Khazanah Nasional, the Malaysia state investment fund that controls the airline.

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German citizen Mueller took the helm of Aer Lingus in 2009 and initiated a turnaround strategy that involved hefty job cuts.

He previously occupied top positions at German flag carrier Lufthansa and the former Belgian carrier Sabena. “Mr Mueller has a strong record of transformation and turnarounds in the aviation industry,” Khazanah said.

Among his key accomplishments, Mr Mueller has demonstrated particular strength in strategic and financial planning, as well as structural repositioning of companies in difficulties. Khazanah has launched a rescue plan to save the national airline after the losses of flights MH370 and MH17 threatened to send it into bankruptcy. (AFP)

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