Former dba and Malev chief to head airBaltic

Martin Gauss was CEO of Malev for two years up to May 2011

Martin Gauss, chief executive of the Hungarian airline Malev between April 2009 and May 2011, will become the new CEO and chairman of the executive board of the loss-making Latvian airline airBaltic from November 1, replacing Bertolt Flick. Among the changes he oversaw at Malev, Gauss simplified the fleet from five different aircraft types to two and established new structures.
Gauss, 43, has nearly 20 years of experience in the airline industry, beginning as a pilot on B737s with British Airways subsidiary Deutsche BA in 1992. By 1995, he was working in the management of the airline. In 2002, he was appointed to head flight operations. A year after BA sold Deutsche BA to the Intro Group in 2003, Gauss became joint managing director and Deutsche BA (dba) became a profitable company. He stayed on to oversee its later integration into AirBerlin in 2006. In October 2007, Gauss joined the Cirrus Group and became CEO of Cirrus Airlines and managing director of the Cirrus Group, but left the following year to establish his own airline consultancy.
“[airBaltic] has a very strong brand and is an energetic and innovative company,” he said. “It will be my task to set up clear structures which are missing at present. I will introduce corporate governance in order to reach a financially positive airline operation.”
[photo courtesy airBaltic]