Thomas Rückert has taken over the position as Chief Information Officer of the Lufthansa Group on January 1, 2021.
Thomas Rückert joined Lufthansa Technik as a trainee in 1995. Over the past 25 years, the 50-year-old industrial engineer (TU Darmstadt) has held various positions at Lufthansa Technik in Germany, Ireland, and the Philippines. Most recently, as Vice President Maintenance Services, he headed Lufthansa Technik’s worldwide overhaul network together with two other managers, reporting directly to the company’s Executive Board. As spokesman for the Product Division, his responsibilities included all shared services, product development and digitalization.
Thomas Rückert reports directly to Dr Detlef Kayser, executive board member of Deutsche Lufthansa AG and responsible for commercial and technical fleet management, information, innovation management and procurement.
In addition to implementing the Lufthansa Group’s IT strategy, Rückert is also responsible for IT security, IT infrastructure and coordinating the Lufthansa Group’s digitalization projects. Through an innovative, fast, and flexible information management, Rückert enables the design of “Customer Centric Airlines”.
The Lufthansa Group is an aviation company with operations worldwide. It plays a leading role in its European home market. With 109,509 employees, the Lufthansa Group generated revenue of EUR 32.770m in the financial year 2022.
The Passenger Airlines segment includes, on the one hand, the network airlines Lufthansa German Airlines, SWISS, Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines. As part of the multihub strategy, they offer their passengers a broad range of flights from their global hubs in Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich as well as their national hubs in Vienna and Brussels. Lufthansa German Airlines also includes the regional airlines Lufthansa CityLine, Air Dolomiti and Eurowings Discover, the Lufthansa Group’s holiday airline.
Besides the network airlines, Eurowings also belongs to the Passenger Airlines segment. This airline provides a comprehensive range of point-to-point connections for European short-haul destinations, in particular from German-speaking countries.
Besides its Passenger Airlines business segment, the Lufthansa Group also comprises aviation services. This includes the Logistics, MRO and Catering segments in particular.
The Lufthansa Group also includes the Additional Businesses and Group Functions. These comprise Lufthansa AirPlus, Lufthansa Aviation Training and Lufthansa Systems especially.