FRANKFURT Feb 7 German airline Lufthansa
has picked company veteran Carsten Spohr to succeed
Chief Executive Christoph Franz when his contract runs out at
the end of May, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters.
Handelsblatt Online earlier cited sources close to the
company as saying Lufthansa would announce the appointment later
Lufthansa declined to comment.
Franz is set to leave the German carrier when his contract
expires at the end of May to join Swiss drugmaker Roche
as board chairman.
Spohr, currently in charge of its passenger airline business
at Lufthansa, has previously been named by German media as a
candidate for the job.
(Reporting by Frankfurt bureau; Editing by Philipp Halstrick
and Christoph Steitz)