A major shake-up at the top of airlines within Lufthansa Group will see new bosses at Brussels Airlines and Swiss.

Dieter Vranckx, current chief executive of the Belgian carrier, will switch to run Swiss from January 1 succeeding Thomas Kluhr, who will leave the company as planned at the end of the year.

Peter Gerber, chairman of Lufthansa Cargo, will take charge of Brussels Airlines from March 1 and also assume the newly created function of Lufthansa Group chief representative for European affairs in Brussels.

Dorothea von Boxberg then steps up to run the cargo division after six years with the business.

Lufthansa chairman Carsten Spohr said: “With today’s decisions, three experienced and accomplished executives from our own ranks are taking on important management tasks in the core business of our group.

“Dieter Vranckx has worked successfully for the Lufthansa Group in various airlines and on three continents. His vast international experience and broad-based airline expertise make him a first-class choice for the management of Swiss.

“Peter Gerber has proven himself in many management positions within the Lufthansa Group that he is not only an outstanding airline manager, but that he can also bring difficult political negotiations to a successful conclusion. He will bring this experience to his new dual role in Brussels.

“Dorothea von Boxberg has played a major role in the current success of Lufthansa Cargo in recent years, not only as a sales expert. With her experience and know-how, she will continue to expand the strong competitive position of our cargo division.”