Manfred Brennwald to step down as Swiss Aviation Training CEO

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Manfred Brennwald to step down as Swiss AviationTraining CEO

Zurich Airport, 24 June 2013 – Manfred Brennwald, the CEO of Swiss AviationTraining (SAT), has decided to relinquish his duties at the end of this year. Brennwald, who is 60, has been in overall charge of SWISS’s training subsidiary for almost six years. He will remain at SAT in a flying instructor’s capacity, at his own request. The search for his successor as CEO will begin immediately, to ensure a smooth transition at the end of the year.

Manfred Brennwald started his career with Swissair, which he joined as a pilot in 1979. He went on to hold several executive functions at Swissair and SWISS, and served as the latter’s Chief Operating Officer from 2003 to 2007. He was appointed CEO of SAT in August 2007.

Under Brennwald’s leadership of SAT, the former joint-venture company has been transformed into a fully-owned SWISS subsidiary. His stewardship has also brought the expansion of its activities to Munich and Frankfurt (with Embraer 190 training facilities), the provision of an Avro RJ simulator in Zurich, the conclusion of a long-term collaboration with the REGA Swiss air ambulance company, the choice of Zurich as the location for the new Bombardier CSeries simulator and – most recently – the approval to procure a Boeing 777 simulator. Brennwald will thus be handing his successor a strong and profitable company that is well prepared and equipped for the business and training challenges ahead.

“We offer Manfred Brennwald our sincere thanks for all his achievements and his many years of work, service and dedication to SAT and SWISS to date,” says Marcel Klaus, SAT’s Chairman of the Board and SWISS Chief Financial Officer. “We are very sorry to see him step down. At the same time, we appreciate his motivation for doing so, and wish him every success and satisfaction in his new capacity.”

Swiss AviationTraining Ltd. is a fully-owned subsidiary of Swiss International Air Lines Ltd. With a current total workforce of some 300 personnel at its Zurich, Munich and Frankfurt operations, the company focuses on providing initial and further training for commercial pilots, cabin staff, aircraft mechanics and companies’ management and personnel. An approved flying training organization and type rating training organization (FTO/TRTO), Swiss AviationTraining has extensive experience in its various training fields, and numbers several Swiss and international airlines among its customers together with further companies from other business sectors


Uschi Roth

Head of Corporate & Marketing Communications

Swiss AviationTraining Ltd.

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