Munich Airport CEO Dr. Michael Kerkloh to retire at the end of 2019
Dr. Michael Kerkloh, who has served as the President and CEO of Flughafen München GmbH (FMG) for over 17 years and has been on the International Airport Review Advisory board since 2011, will retire at the end of 2019.
Michael has been a member of International Airport Review’s Advisory Board since May 2011.
At today’s meeting of the FMG supervisory board, the chairman, Minister of State Albert Füracker, said: “At this point we can already say: During his time as CEO, Dr. Kerkloh has rendered outstanding service to Munich Airport and to Bavaria’s competitiveness in the world of aviation. The house he will leave behind in 12 months is in excellent order. For his hard work and achievements, I wish to express my sincere thanks.”
Kerkloh, who hails from Ahlen in the state of North Rhine Westphalia and holds a doctorate in economics, began his career in aviation at Frankfurt Airport in 1987, where he was responsible for operational planning and the organisation of aircraft handling. In 1995 Kerkloh joined Hamburg Airport, where he served as CEO for seven years. He then accepted the top job in Munich. Along with his role as President and CEO, he also serves as the labour director of FMG.
Dr. Kerkloh quickly gained a reputation as a highly competent aviation expert whose innovative concepts and strategic foresight stand for modern, competitive airport management. This was soon noticed at the international level as well. As a result, Dr. Kerkloh has been a member of the board of Airport Council International (ACI), the European umbrella organisation for international airports for many years. He was elected president of that body in 2017 and was re-elected in 2018. ACI Europe represents the interests of more than 500 airports in over 45 European countries. Dr. Kerkloh also served for six years as the president of the German Airports Association (ADV). He is a member of the executive committee of the German Aviation Industry Association and is the president of the Export-Club Bayern e. V., which promotes the interest of the Bavarian economy.
At its meeting today, the FMG Supervisory Board agreed, with Dr. Kerkloh’s consent, to begin the search for a suitable successor with the support of an executive recruitment consultancy. Dr. Kerkloh will continue to hold office as the CEO of FMG until December 31, 2019.