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Ashwin Bhat named chief commercial officer of Lufthansa Cargo

GERMANY's Lufthansa Cargo has announced the appointment of Ashwin Bhat as member of the executive board and head of sales and services from March 1

22 December 2020 - 19:00
GERMANY's Lufthansa Cargo has announced the appointment of Ashwin Bhat as member of the executive board and head of sales and services from March 1.

Mr Bhat, 51, will take over from Dorothea von Boxberg, who will become chairwoman of the executive board and CEO on the same date.



As Lufthansa Cargo's chief commercial officer, Mr Bhat will be responsible for the external organisation of sales and handling, product, revenue management, pricing, network planning and sales management worldwide.



Mr Bhat has been vice president and head of cargo at Swiss International Air Lines in Zurich since October 2015. He joined the former Swisscargo in February 1999 and has held various positions in revenue management, transport management and global area management, until his most recent position as head of cargo for Swiss International Air Lines.



Said Lufthansa Cargo supervisory board chairman Harry Hohmeisterof: 'I am very pleased that we have been able to gain Ashwin Bhat, a highly experienced senior manager within Lufthansa Group, as our chief commercial officer. With his extensive expertise in air freight as well as his many years of sales experience, he will further strengthen Lufthansa Cargo's leading position in international competition.'



Mr Bhat, born in 1969, graduated with a Bachelor in Science in chemistry from the University of Mumbai, in 1990 and worked for several years as an accounting manager for an airline financial services provider in Mumbai before starting his career in Zurich.



With a turnover of EUR2.5 billion (US$3.06 billion) and 8.9 billion revenue tonne-kilometres in 2019, Lufthansa Cargo is one of the world's leading companies in the transport of air freight. The company currently employs 4,500 and serves 300 destinations in more than 100 countries with its own fleet of freighters, the belly capacities of passenger aircraft operated by Lufthansa German Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings and SunExpress, and an extensive road feeder service network. The bulk of the cargo business is routed through Frankfurt Airport.


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