MIRKO BRENZINGER
SENIOR MANAGER CATERING COMMERCIAL PLANNING, ETIHAD AIRWAYS

Mirko Brenzinger serves as Senior Manager Catering Commercial Planning at Etihad Airways in Abu Dhabi. He is responsible for management of commercial aspect of global catering business of Etihad Airways including change management, Financial Planning & Budget, Equipment development, inventory planning & forecasting, Catering service & product tenders, contract management, catering systems & business processes.

Prior to joining Etihad Airways in 2009, Mirko worked with Gate Gourmet for 7 years in various senior management positions in numerous countries and managed from 2005 the low cost airline business unit for Gate Gourmet in Australia and New Zealand and served Gate Gourmet PTY Ltd in Australia as company director. Besides 13 years of experience in airline and airline catering industry, he has a proven track record in finance, lean manufacturing & process audit and project management in banking, pharmaceutical and automotive industry around the globe. Mirko holds University degree in International Business Management from Newcastle Business School at University of Northumbria in Newcastle UK and University of Applied Science in Aalen Germany.

Mirko has been a judge at the Mercury Awards 2014 and has his aspiration in innovations and “thinking-out-of-the-box” solutions of airline catering & in-flight products and services in order to bring the aviation industry in general and the airline, airline catering and airline travel industry in particular to the next level.

MIRKO'S VIEWS ON THE MERCURYS

"The Mercury’s are a great platform for airlines and suppliers of the airline & airline catering industry to showcase their product & service innovations. They are prestigious awards as they do not just reward the hard work & sweat of being innovative; they also keep alive the spirit of winning."