Star Alliance has appointed former United Airlines (UA) SVP Mark Schwab to head the alliance’s central organization, based in Frankfurt. He succeeds Jaan Albrecht, who was appointed as CEO of Austrian Airlines Nov. 1 (ATW Daily News, Sept. 1).

Rob Fyfe, Air New Zealand CEO and chairman of Star’s executive board, said that with Schwab as CEO, Star has “secured an internationally renowned airline executive, who has all the qualifications required to lead our alliance into the next chapter of its success story.”

Schwab has held numerous executive positions at UA, US Airways and American Airlines. He began his aviation career in 1975 with Pan American World Airways in Rio de Janeiro. Schwab has also headed organizations in Latin America, Europe and Asia.

Photo: Star Alliance CEO Mark Schwab. Courtesy, Star