On 1 April 2021, Arndt Schoenemann (56) will take over as CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung, the German air navigation service provider.
Together with the executive management team of Dr Kerstin Böcker, Dirk Mahns and Friedrich-Wilhelm Menge, Schoenemann will take on the demanding task in these exceptionally difficult times for the aviation industry. With his more than 30 years of experience in aviation, he brings with him a perspective that spans the whole industry, a deep personal interest in technical innovation and operational management experience.
Mr Schoenemann was managing director of Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg GmbH for the last twelve years, one of the leading aerospace suppliers in Germany. Thanks to his involvement in the German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI), he is well connected in the sector, both nationally and internationally. He has been a member of the BDLI board since 2005 and a vice-president since 2011. Schoenemann was most recently also a member of the board and chairman of the Supply Chain Commission of the Aerospace & Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD). As such, he has already had to deal intensively with the current pandemic-related crisis in the sector.
Arndt Schoenemann: "I am very much looking forward to my new role as CEO of DFS. The challenge in the next few years will be to safely manage a difficult balancing act, namely to deliver affordable services on the one hand, while still being able to meet the fluctuating demand for these services on the other." For Schoenemann, this includes having an innovation mindset, one coupled with the drive for continuous improvement of the existing system to create a safe and eco-friendly form of transport and serve the interests of the customers of DFS.
Arndt Schoenemann succeeds Prof Klaus-Dieter Scheurle, who retired from DFS on 31 December 2020.
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DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, the German air navigation service provider, is a State-owned company under private law with 5,600 employees as at 31 December 2020. DFS ensures the safe and punctual flow of air traffic over Germany. Before 2020, around 2,200 air traffic controllers guided up to 10,000 flights in German airspace every day, more than 3 million movements every year. The company operates control centres in Langen, Bremen, Karlsruhe and Munich as well as control towers at the 16 designated international airports in Germany. The subsidiary DFS Aviation Services GmbH markets and sells products and services related to air navigation services, and provides air traffic control at nine regional airports in Germany and at London Gatwick Airport and Edinburgh Airport in the UK. R. Eisenschmidt GmbH is another DFS subsidiary which markets publications and products for General Aviation. Kaufbeuren ATM Training (KAT) is responsible for training military air traffic services personnel. DFS has been working on the integration of drones into air traffic since 2016 and has set up a joint venture, Droniq GmbH, with Deutsche Telekom.