Former Lufthansa Group chairman and CEO Wolfgang Mayrhuber died Dec. 1. He was 71.

The company said his death was the result of a serious illness. 

Mayrhuber began his career at Lufthansa as an engine-maintenance engineer in 1970. He became chairman of the newly founded Lufthansa Technik in 1994. In 2001 he was appointed to the group executive board with responsibility for passenger services, and the following year he became the board’s deputy chairman. He was chairman from 2003 to 2010, a period during which Lufthansa acquired Austrian Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS), together with a major stake in Brussels Airlines.

Mayrhuber was chairman of Lufthansa’s supervisory board from 2013 to 2017.

“Wolfgang Mayrhuber has served and shaped our company for more than 45 years,” CEO Carsten Spohr said. “We Lufthansa employees thank him for his great service to the Lufthansa Group. Our thoughts are now with his family.”

Alan Dron,