Nina Öwerdieck, new Chief Financial Officer of Brussels Airlines

Brussels, 27 February 2020 – As of July 1st, Nina Öwerdieck (47) will join the Management Board of Brussels Airlines as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), taking over from Dieter Vranckx, who is the airline’s CEO and CCO since January 1st.

Nina Öwerdieck, currently Head of Finance at Lufthansa German Airlines, will lead the different teams of the Brussels Airlines CFO department as of July 1st: Human Resources, Finance & Controlling, IT, Legal, Compliance & Audit, Procurement & Facility Management as well as the PMO team responsible for the project lead of the airline’s restructuring plan “Reboot”. After many years of growth without sufficient profitability, Brussels Airlines is indeed reviewing its way of working to gain in efficiency and to structurally reduce costs. The Reboot plan aims at an EBIT margin of 8% as of 2022.

Nina Öwerdieck can look back at a vast experience within the aviation industry. During her 13 years at Lufthansa Technik, the maintenance division of Lufthansa, she held several important functions at the Finance & Project management Department. From Head of Divisional Controlling to Head of Central Controlling, Öwerdieck profoundly shaped Lufthansa Technik’s financial landscape until 2014.

In 2014, Nina Öwerdieck started a new career at SWISS, where she was in charge of Controlling, Financial Steering and Risk Management. In her role as Head of Controlling, she supported the airline’s integration into the Lufthansa Group hub airlines’ matrix organization and designed the group-wide new Controlling concept, including a new process-oriented Controlling setup.

In 2017, Öwerdieck joined Lufthansa German Airlines as Head of Finance and Member of the Lufthansa Airlines Executive Team, positions she currently still holds. At the largest business unit in the Lufthansa Group, her responsibilities include the Controlling, Procurement, Accounting, Financial Steering and Risk Management departments. Next to challenging internal processes, she plays an important role in supporting strategic change projects and in fostering lean methodologies and continuous improvement.

“We very much look forward to welcoming Nina Öwerdieck to the Management Board of Brussels Airlines. The world of finance has no secrets for her. With her in-depth knowledge and expertise in guiding businesses through changes and financial improvement programs, she is the right person to join forces with the Brussels Airlines management and lead the airline to a sustainable future.”
- Etienne Davignon, Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of SN Airholding.
“I am very happy that Nina accepted to be part of our Management Board. She is a perfect fit to our team and Brussels Airlines. Her long career within the Lufthansa Group and her financial know-how in the aviation sector is of a real benefit for our Belgian airline which is currently embedding into the Lufthansa Group network airlines.”
- Dieter Vranckx, CEO of Brussels Airlines


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About Brussels Airlines

Brussels Airlines is the home carrier of Belgium and one of the four network airlines of the Lufthansa Group. It connects the European capital from Brussels Airport with over 85 destinations, 17 of which are in Sub Saharan Africa. The company employs more than 3,300 people and operates 43 aircraft.

Brussels Airlines aims to emit 50% less CO2 by 2030 compared to 2019 and plans to be carbon neutral by 2050. The airline is participating in the Stargate Project led by Brussels Airport and is therefore part of the testing ground for sustainable aviation at its home base. In addition, the airline signed the Circular Economy agreement of the Antwerp Management School in 2021. The airline was the first to transport Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) through the CEPS-pipeline connecting Brussels Airport early 2023. By end 2024, Brussels Airlines will have welcomed five state-of-the-art Airbus A320neo allowing the airline to significantly lower its CO2- and noise-emissions on its medium-haul network.

As an ambassador of its country, Brussels Airlines brings the world to Belgium and the best of Belgium to the world, among others through collaborations with Belgian Star Chefs, Belgian culinary products and the Belgian Icons, specially painted aircraft that honour a Belgian iconic person, team or event to promote Belgian culture worldwide.

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