Air Berlin’s chief exec steps down
BERLIN - The Associated PressGermany’s second-biggest airline, Air Berlin, says its chief is stepping down after leading a drive to turn around the company over the past 16 months.
Air Berlin said yesterday that executive Hartmut Mehdorn, a former CEO of Germany’s national railway who took over on an interim basis in September 2011 after company founder Joachim Hunold quit, is retiring from the position “by mutual agreement.” He is being replaced by Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, the airline’s chief strategy and planning officer.
Air Berlin has struggled in Europe’s highly competitive travel market. Under Mehdorn, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has become its biggest shareholder with a stake of nearly 30 percent. It has cut some routes and sold a majority stake in its frequent flyer program to Etihad.