Dr Christoph Franz

Personal Data

Nationality: German and Swiss
Year of Birth: May 2, 1960




  • Graduate Studies at Ecole Centrale de Lyon and Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Lyon (France)
  • Graduate in Industrial Engineering (Dipl. Wirtsch.-Ing.) from Darmstadt, Technical University (Germany)
  • Doctorate (Dr. rer. pol.) from Darmstadt Technical University
  • Post doctoral research at University of California, Berkeley (USA)

Professional Career

  • 1990
    Deutsche Lufthansa Ltd.
  • 1994
    Deutsche Bahn Ltd., executive functions, Member of the Executive Board and CEO of passenger transport division
  • 2004
    CEO of Swiss International Air Lines Ltd. (SWISS)
  • 2009
    Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa Ltd.,
    CEO of Lufthansa Passenger Airlines
  • 2011-2014
    Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa Ltd.
  • since 2014
    Chairman of the Board of Directors of Roche Holding Ltd

Other Activities / Memberships

  • Member of the Board of Trustees Ernst Goehner Foundation, Avenir Suisse and Lucerne Festival
  • Member of the Advisory Board of University of St. Gallen (HSG)
  • Honorary Professor for Business Administration at University of St. Gallen
  • Member of the Assembly and the Counsel of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Board Memberships in listed companies

  • Vice-Chairman of the Board of Zurich Insurance Group Ltd.
  • Member of the Board of Stadler Rail Ltd.
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.