STAR Alliance has appointed former United Airlines senior vice president alliances, international & regulatory affairs Mark Schwab as its new chief executive.
Based in Frankfurt, Schwab succeeds Jaan Albrecht, who has been appointed CEO of Austrian Airlines.
“With Mark Schwab we have secured an internationally renowned airline executive, who has all the qualifications required to lead our alliance into the next chapter of its success story,” said Rob Fyfe, chief executive of Air New Zealand and chairman of the Star Alliance chief executive board.
“Having served our business in several executive positions across the globe gives him (Schwab) that specific background that we need for this challenging position,” Fyfe added.
Schwab has previously served in a number of executive positions at United Airlines, US Airways and American Airlines.