ITA Airways: candidates for top management of the air carrier
Press leaks on some names of the future management
The exclusive negotiation between the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) and the Lufthansa Group, for the privatization of the national airline ITA Airways, should be finalized by mid-March. Beyond the economic-corporate fact, this is a procedure that brings with it numerous questions: in particular that relating to who will be the top management of the airline, after the sale of a share to the Germans, who will then acquire it 100%.
According to some rumors relaunched by the Italian newspaper "la Repubblica", there are two names circulating to occupy the most important seats of the company management: Joerg Eberhart (ex-Air Dolomiti) is considered the favorite for the position of managing director, while Alain Chisari (ex-manager of Edelweiss) would be entrusted with the position of commercial director. This is a possible structure for the relaunch of ITA Airways.
Eberhart is a German manager in charge of Lufthansa strategies. For over seven years he led the airline Air Dolomiti, based in Verona, controlled by the German group. In these days he is the head of the delegation dealing with the acquisition of ITA with the Italian government. To hinder his appointment, however, there would be relations with the ex-CEO of Atlantia, Giovanni Castellucci who, after his departure in 2019, turned to Eberhart to propose his candidacy as president of Alitalia to CEO of Lufthansa, Carsten Spohr, in case the German company entered the consortium with Atlantia, instead of Delta Air Lines.
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency