Airport BER: Conflict between managing director and supervisory board members

Engelbert Lütke Daldrup

At its meeting last Friday, the Supervisory Board of Berlin-Brandenburg Airport (FBB) decided on an important personnel matter: The committee headed by Chairman Rainer Bretschneider appointed civil engineer Carsten Wilmsen, who is currently responsible for real estate management at Munich Airport, as BER’s new Chief Technology Officer. On November 1, he will replace Jörg Marks, who had asked for termination of the contract. However, Wilmsen will not move up to the FBB management as a fourth member.

Opening in October 2020 – with Lütke Daldrup

The Supervisory Board rejected the corresponding request of airport CEO Engelbert Lütke Daldrup and merely appointed the new head of technology as “operations manager”. However, this was not a vote of no confidence against Lütke Daldrup, because at the same time the supervisory board members prematurely extended his contract by one year until March 2021, which was “appropriate” because they wanted to “celebrate the opening with him, which will take place in October 2020”, said Bretschneider, chairman of the supervisory board, after the meeting. Lütke Daldrup emphasised that there was no reason to doubt the date: “We are also making good progress with the critical trades”