In today’s meeting, the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG decided ahead of schedule to extend the contract with Thorsten Dirks by three years until 30 April 2023. Dirks, 55, will therefore be continuing the turnaround as CEO of Eurowings.
Thorsten Dirks, who was born on 17 June 1963 in Hamburg, has been an Executive Board Member of Deutsche Lufthansa AG since 1 May 2017, where he is responsible for Eurowings. Under his leadership, Eurowings has significantly expanded its market position, among other things by integrating parts of Air Berlin. Today, Lufthansa’s value brand is Europe’s third-largest point-to-point airline and the clear market leader in its home markets. After a significant improvement of Eurowings’ operational performance, Thorsten Dirks and his team now set their sights on improving profitability as one of Eurowings key goals.
After studying electrical engineering and communications engineering at Hamburg University, Thorsten Dirks worked for a number of companies in the communications industry, most recently as CEO of Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG. Before that, he was Chairman of the Management Board of E-Plus Group, which is now part of Telefónica AG Deutschland, and was also responsible for the international mobile telecommunications business of Dutch telecommunications group KPN.
Thorsten Dirks is married and has a son.