Lufthansa Chair Would Welcome CEO As Successor

November 2, 2010

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Lufthansa's supervisory board chairman Juergen Weber said he would welcome it if the company's outgoing chief executive Wolfgang Mayrhuber succeeded him eventually.

"There is no question about it," said Weber late on Monday. He is due to retire in 2013.

Mayrhuber, 63, has not ruled out that he could join the supervisory board of Germany's biggest airline after he retires at the beginning of next year.

Weber also signalled that Lufthansa has not lost interest in buying Scandinavian carrier SAS.

"The takeover hasn't worked out so far, but let's wait and see," he said.

Lufthansa completed a shopping spree last year that added Austrian Airlines, bmi and Brussels Airlines to its stable of airlines as it battles rivals British Airways and Air France-KLM for European pole position.

It said earlier this year it would focus on returning bmi to profitability before embarking on new major projects.