Press release, 3 May 2006
Dual Leadership for Central German Airports Group:
Markus Kopp becomes Director, Volkmar Stein made President
Markus Kopp (39) has been appointed director of the Central German Airports Group with immediate effect. With professional training as an aviation salesman and a business degree under his belt, his most recent position was head of Lufthansa’s Central for Aviation Services & Human Resources Office. Volkmar Stein, the previous Director, has been appointed President by the Supervisory Board with effect from May 1, 2006, and will retire at the end of the year.
»Markus Kopp is an experienced, respected manager in the aviation industry. His profile will enable us to continue the path charted by Volkmar Stein and carry on aligning the group members as European players,« said Willi Hermsen, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Central German Airports Group.
The Central German Airports Group (Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG) is a publicly-owned company. The groups' aim is to develop Germany's central-region airports, serving their current and future needs. The group includes the subsidiaries Leipzig/Halle Airport, Dresden Airport, PortGround and EasternAirCargo. With revenues of about 80 million Euro, the group in 2005 will handle in total 75 thousand air traffic movements as well as 3.9 million passengers and 23.3 thousand tons of cargo.
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Volkmar Stein’s professional background
Volkmar Stein (63) has been the Director of the Central German Airports Group since the year 2000. After graduating in civil and aviation engineering, he became a researcher at the Department of Planning and Construction of the ADV (Association of German Commercial Airports).
He continued his career as head of the Department of Civil Engineering at Munich Airport before being appointed CEO of both Flughafen Leipzig/Halle GmbH and Flughafen Dresden GmbH in 1992. Volkmar Stein has been closely involved in the development of the two airports, especially the transformation of Leipzig/Halle Airport into the new aviation hub for central Germany.
Markus Kopp’s professional background
Markus Kopp (39) has been in charge of Lufthansa’s Central Aviation Services & Human Resources Office since August 1, 2000. After taking a business degree, he began his career in 1987 with training to become an aviation salesman. He then worked abroad for Lufthansa, a role which included heading Lufthansa's branch office in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
While taking a part-time degree in economics at Frankfurt, in which he studied the express logistics opportunities for regional airports, in 1994 Markus Kopp was made assistant to the general freight representative. In this position, he helped demerge Lufthansa Cargo AG and was appointed assistant to the CEO.
In 1997, Herr Kopp took charge of the global collaboration between Lufthansa Cargo and DHL Worldwide Express with offices in Frankfurt and Brussels – a company in which at that time Lufthansa Cargo maintained a sizeable shareholding. Markus Kopp was responsible for operative cooperation between Lufthansa Cargo AG and DHL, one of the biggest global key accounts of the Lufthansa Group’s logistics division, before moving to Lufthansa’s head office.