Malaysia Airlines (Kuala Lumpur) is suffering as it continues to bleed money in the face of two air disasters this year. The beleaguered airline has turned to the west for its new chief executive officer. Aer Lingus boss Christoph Mueller has been selected to become the new CEO of Malaysia Airlines. Mr. Mueller will become the first foreigner to run the flag carrier. He will join the airline sometime in the first half of 2015.
Biography of CEO Christoph Mueller (from Aer Lingus):
Christoph Mueller joined Aer Lingus as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in September 2009. He previously held the position of Executive Aviation Director at TUI Travel plc., a FTSE 100 company. In January 2006, Christoph joined the Executive Committee of TUI AG, a DAX 30 company with responsibility for its flight division.
He served as the Chief Financial Officer of DHL Worldwide from 2002 to 2004 and became a member of the Executive Committee of Deutsche Post AG in 2004 after the acquisition of DHL by Deutsche Post AG.
Christoph has extensive experience within the aviation industry, having held senior position in Daimler Benz Aerospace, having been Executive Vice President at Lufthansa AG and Chief Executive Officer of the Sabena Group.
In January of 2012 Christoph was appointed to the Board of Tourism Ireland, the organisation responsible for the international promotion of the island of Ireland as a tourism destination.
In March of 2013, Christoph was appointed to the role of Chairman of An Post.
He has an MBA from the University of Cologne and subsequently completed an Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
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