Christoph Mueller steps down as Swissport chairman


After 18 months in executive and non-executive roles, Christoph Mueller has informed the board that he intends to step down as chairman of the board of directors of Swissport International AG.

He will remain a shareholder and continues to be available as an independent advisor. David Siegel, an aviation industry veteran and member of Swissport’s board of directors since December 2020, will serve as interim chairman of the Board until a permanent successor has been appointed.
Mueller joined the board in December 2020. At the peak of the COVID-19 related crisis in global aviation – as the company was completing a comprehensive financial restructuring – the designated chairman of the board initially served as interim CEO and as interim CFO at the request of the new shareholders of Swissport – large US and UK investment funds. He set the strategic direction for Swissport and was instrumental in building a new, high-caliber management team around the globe. In his role as chairman, he also established an effective, modern corporate governance structure with the necessary committees and their chairpersons.
“We would like to thank Christoph for his significant contributions to transforming Swissport into an effective and agile organisation and for his stewardship over the past 18 months, both in executive and in non-executive roles,” says David Siegel, member of the board of directors of Swissport International AG. “Although we knew that this step would come, as Christoph would like to focus again on his supervisory board positions at several airlines, we regret his departure. I wish Christoph only the best for his personal and professional future.”
Mueller is also a non-executive director of WestJet Airlines Limited, Inmarsat and Cathay Pacific Airlines. He previously held senior executive positions in the aviation sector, including CEO of Sabena SA, Air Lingus plc, Malaysia Airlines Berhad and Brussels Airlines, and chief digital and innovation officer at Emirates Airline.