A great deal of experience, operational knowledge and a real passion for one of the best and most varied careers around: the training of future airline pilots. We introduce the Pilot Training Network team.
Holger Hoffmann has been the CEO of Pilot Training Network GmbH since April 2011. His flying career began in 1987 with pilot training at the Lufthansa Commercial Flying School (Verkehrsfliegerschule) in Bremen. From 1989–1998 he piloted Boeing 737s and Airbus A340s before relocating to Condor as a captain on Airbus A320 and Boeing 757/67 aircraft. He has been a captain on Boeing 747s for Lufthansa since 2010. Following his graduation from the distance-learning university (Fernuniversität) in Hagen with a degree in business studies and economics, Holger Hoffmann occupied a number of management positions: after several years in controlling at Lufthansa, he was assistant flight operations manager, safety pilot/quality manager, and head of crew training at Condor.
Together with Holger Hoffmann, Karsten El-Nemr has been CEO of Pilot Training Network GmbH since 1 January 2012. He started his career within the Lufthansa Group in 2000 at Lufthansa Consulting. In 2002 he joined the corporate controlling department, where he was responsible for overseeing and controlling the logistics business area and the service and financial companies of Lufthansa. In 2007 he joined Lufthansa Flight Training as head of controlling; in April 2011 he also took over as managing director of Lufthansa Flight Training London. At Pilot Training Network he is responsible for the areas of controlling, marketing and sales, human resources, student support and communications.
Dr Matthias Groppe
Head of training
Matthias Groppe began his flying career in 1997 by training to become a commercial pilot in Fresno, California. Since 2000 he has been a pilot with Lufthansa CityLine on the Canadair RegionalJet and in 2010 he became captain of a CRJ 200 aircraft. Parallel to his line-haul flying duties, Matthias has worked at various flying schools, teaching theoretical knowledge and providing practical training for professional pilots. Since 2003 he has worked as an instructor for type rating training for both Lufthansa CityLine and Lufthansa Flight Training CST. Following an MBA course at City University in London, Matthias Groppe now works as an examiner and assessor in the area of training for external customers at Lufthansa Flight Training CST in Berlin.
Head of marketing and sales
After graduating with a degree in business studies and education, Judith Rosenberger was initially employed in the sales and marketing divisions of various companies before joining Lufthansa Flight Training as sales manager. She has been the head of the marketing and sales division at Pilot Training Network in Frankfurt since March 2008.