Nationality: Swiss and German
Skills and experience
Christoph Franz started his professional career in 1990 at Deutsche Lufthansa AG. From 1994 until 2003 he held different executive functions at Deutsche Bahn AG, including as member of the executive board and CEO of the passenger transport division. In 2004 he became CEO of Swiss International Air Lines Ltd, and in 2009 was promoted to the role of deputy chairman of the executive board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG and CEO Passenger Airlines. From 2011 to 2014, Mr. Franz was chairman of the executive board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. He became a member of the boards of Zurich Insurance Group Ltd and Zurich Insurance Company Ltd in April 2014. He was elected Vice-Chairman in April 2018.
Remuneration Committee (chairman), Governance, Nominations and Corporate Responsibility Committee
Other directorships within the Group
Zurich Insurance Company Ltd
Mr. Franz was elected chairman of the board of Roche Holding Ltd in March 2014. He is also a member of the board of directors of Chugai Pharmaceuticals Ltd, and of Stadler Rail. Mr. Franz serves as a member of the board of trustees of the Ernst-Goehner-Foundation, of Avenir Suisse, of the Swiss Study Foundation and of the Lucerne Festival and is a member of the advisory board of the University of St. Gallen (HSG). He was named as an honorary professor of business administration at the University of St. Gallen in May 2017. In September 2017, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) appointed Mr. Franz as a member of its Assembly, the organization’s top governing body, and in May 2018 he was elected to the Assembly Council.
Mr. Franz studied industrial engineering at the Technical University Darmstadt (Germany) and completed his studies with a Ph.D. in economic sciences (Dr. rer. pol.) at the same university. He also studied at the Ecole Centrale de Lyon (France) and conducted post-doctorate research at the University of California, Berkeley.