Mühlenfeld succeeds Mehdorn: New airport head takes up his post on Monday

12.03.2015

This coming Monday, Karsten Mühlenfeld will take up his post as Chief Executive Officer of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH, succeeding Hartmut Mehdorn. Mühlenfeld was appointed at the recent meeting of the Supervisory Board on 20 February and today introduced himself to the management of FBB before officially starting work at the airport. Mehdorn had held the top post at FBB since March 2013, and had announced his resignation in December 2014. The current Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Rainer Bretschneider, commented: “I am looking forward to working with Karsten Mühlenfeld. Over the years I have come to know him as an outstanding manager with broad experience in the industry sector. He is the right person to lead the airport company securely into the future. I extend my thanks to Hartmut Mehdorn, who took over the airport two years ago when the project was stranded. He has laid crucial foundations and brought the airport back onto a clear course.” Karsten Mühlenfeld said: “I am looking forward to the coming tasks. Many important changes have already been made. And the recent announcements by several airlines that they intend to increase their presence in Berlin shows how attractive the Berlin-Brandenburg region is. We need to get air transport in the region on a secure footing for the future. In the period before BER becomes operational we will make the necessary investments in Schönefeld und Tegel and we will concentrate on a rapid and smooth commissioning of BER together with its further growth.” Hartmut Mehdorn said: “Over the last two years we have reorganized the airport company and put the major, problematic BER project back on its feet. In my two airport years I have got to know many motivated colleagues at Schönefeld, at Tegel and at BER. I wish them and my successor, Mr Mühlenfeld, the very best and much success for the future.”

About Karsten Mühlenfeld

Dr Karsten Mühlenfeld was born on 1 June 1963. He is married with two children. In 1987 he graduated in mechanical engineering, as the best student of his year. He then worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Mechanics of TU Berlin before gaining his doctorate as Doctor of Engineering in 1992. He began his career at BMW Rolls-Royce GmbH in Munich in 1993 and then in 1996 transferred to the company’s location in Dahlewitz, Brandenburg. From 2004 to 2007 he was Technical Director at Europrop International (EPI) in Madrid, a joint venture between the European engine manufacturers for the development of the TP400 engine for the Airbus A400M aircraft. He continued to work at Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd. & Co. KG until 2014, most recently as Engineering & Operations Director where he was responsible for the development and technical support of all 2,500 civil small & medium engines (CSME) worldwide, with a workforce of some 1,200 employees. In 2015 he held the post of Development Director at Bombardier Transportation GmbH, Berlin.

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A change at the top of the airport company FBB: Hartmut Mehdorn (left) is resigning from his post as CEO of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH. As of 16 March 2015 the new airport head will be Karsten Mühlenfeld (right). The Supervisory Board, currently chaired by Rainer Bretschneider (centre), announced the change on 20 February 2015.

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