Christina Foerster, born on September 5 1971, obtained her B.S. at the Cornell University, School
of Hotel Administration in Ithaca, USA, where she received the Merrill Presidential Award given to
top 1% of graduating students. In 1999, she graduated from an M.B.A. at The Wharton School,
University of Pennsylvania.
She held assisting functions in two Sheraton Hotels and worked as a consultant at The Boston
Consulting Group for three years, before entering Deutsche Lufthansa AG as Project Manager
Corporate Strategy in 2002. Three years later she became General Manager Product Development
Intercontinental, a position she held until 2011.
In April that same year Christina Foerster started as VP Network & Fleet Development at
Lufthansa German Airlines, where during three years she oversaw the airline’s long-term fleet
strategy and short-term fleet planning. As a member of the Business Management Team and head
of the Commercial Management Team she was involved in all commercial activities.
In 2014 Foerster was appointed SVP Network, Lufthansa Group & Alliance Development. She
directed all partnership management activities and aligned the fleet strategy and planning for all
Group airlines. Next to that she drove key commercial initiatives such as the introduction of new
continental fare packages across the Group and a home market defense strategy against
Following her function as SVP Network, Group & Alliance Development, Christina performed as
SVP Network & Partner Management Lufthansa Hub Airlines. Leading 180 employees with a team
of 10 direct reports she developed aligned network and partnership management processes
including methods, timelines, reports and KPI’s to reap synergies of 70 Mio. EUR.
In September 2016 Christina Foerster left her position in Frankfurt to become Chief Commercial
Officer at Brussels Airlines, Belgium’s largest airline, where until march 2018 she managed all
commercial activities and delivered several core projects such as the Hi Belgium Pass, Diamond
Connection, customer centricity (NPS), Africa positioning and strategic network evolution.
Since April 1st 2018, Christina Foerster is the CEO of Brussels Airlines. She is the first-ever woman
to head a Lufthansa Group airline and will play an important role in the common future of the
Belgian home carrier and the Eurowings Group.