Dr. Detlef Kayser joined the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG on 1st January 2019. As Chief Operating Officer, he is responsible for all operational processes as well as fleet and infrastructure management within the Lufthansa Group. Since summer 2020, he is also responsible for the group wide restructuring pro-gram “ReNew” which was introduced due to the Corona crisis.

Kayser, who holds a doctorate in aerospace engineering, joined the Lufthansa Group in January 2016 and was responsible for group-wide strategy development as well as for commercial and technical fleet management of Lufthansa Group. Besides this, he was accountable for group-wide organizational development and processes orientation as well as corporate governance and corporate investment management as Executive Vice President Strategy and Fleet.

Before that, Detlef Kayser worked for McKinsey in a variety of positions, most recently as Senior Director in the company’s Hamburg office, heading the global “Operations Practice”. He advised clients from industry and public administration in over 100 successfully implemented projects, including several for Lufthansa Group.

Detlef Kayser was born in Kiel on 28 March 1965. He is married and has three children.



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