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Thomas M. Hirschmann

Thomas Hirschmann

Qualifications Summary

Thomas Hirschmann’s experience in Aviation totals over 35 years. He worked his way up the corporate ladder from apprenticing as an airframe and engine mechanic and electronic engineer to Chairman and CEO for the Jet Aviation Group of companies.

From 1990 until his retirement in May 2003, he increased the net sales of the Jet Aviation Group from CHF 350 million (US$292 million) to CHF 830 million (US$693 million). Further, he increased Earnings Before Interest Taxes Depreciation and Accrual (EBITDA) from CHF 12 million (US$10 million) to CHF 85 million (US$70 million) at the end of 2002. Under his leadership, the Jet Aviation workforce grew from 1700 employees in 1990 to 3500 in 2002.

Thomas Hirschmann’s extensive experience, coupled with his analytical capabilities and solid knowledge of all angles of the aviation business render him one of the most respected individuals in the aviation industry today.

Professional Experience

May 03

Retired as Chairman & CEO from the Jet Aviation Group of Companies

Jan 90

Jet Aviation Holding, Zürich, Switzerland; Appointed as Chairman & CEO, Jet Aviation Group of Companies

Jan 88-Dec 89

Jet Aviation Holding, Zürich, Switzerland; Executive Vice President, Jet Aviation Group of Companies, Worldwide Operation

Jan 87-Dec 87

Jet Aviation Holding, Zürich, Switzerland; Executive Vice President, Jet Aviation Group of Companies for Europe, Middle East and Africa

Sep 84-Dec 86

Jet Aviation Holding, Zürich, Switzerland; Assistant to the Chairman & CEO

Nov 81-Aug 84

Jet Aviation, Zürich, Switzerland. During his tenure at Jet Aviation Zürich, he took over the responsibility of the following departments:

GM Marketing & PR Department for the Jet Aviation Group of Companies
GM of the Airline Ground Handling Operations in Zürich and Geneva
GM of the IT Department
GM of the Travel Office for internal & 3rd party travel

Aug 79-Oct 81

Jet Aviation, Basel, Switzerland; apprentice as an Airframe Engine Mechanic, Electric Electronic Engineer

Jul 78-Jul 79

Jet Aviation, Basel, Switzerland; deputy to the Outfitting Department Head

Apr 77-Jun 78

Jet Aviation, Zurich, Switzerland; in charge of setting up Jet Aviation’s new Marketing PR Department

Jan 77-Mar 77

Grundig GmbH, Munich Nuremberg, Germany; Assistant to the VP PR-Marketing

Apr 76-Dec 76

S.C.I. Miramar, Roquebrune, France; in charge of a large construction project

Sep 75-Mar 76

Hirschmann Industrial Holding, Zürich, Switzerland; Assistant to the CFO

Jun 75-Aug 75

Hilton Hotel, Basel, Switzerland; Trainee in all departments

May 74-May 75

Hirschmann GmbH, Winzeln, Germany; Assistant to the Manager of Sales of Rod Ends and Spherical Bearings

Thomas Hirschmann enjoys skiing in the winter and boating in the summer. He’s also a passionate off-road driver and the proud owner of a 1944 Willy’s Jeep he acquired at age 18 and fully restored, together with a friend, during his college years. And last but not least he is a passionate Harley Davidson biker touring North and South America whenever time permits.


Mar 61-Jun 68 Primary & Secondary School, Küsnacht, Switzerland; Grade 1 – 8
Sep 68-Mar 74 Lyceum Alpinum, Zuoz, Switzerland; Business School


Jan 79-Aug 91 Active duty with the Swiss Army Corps as a Cryptographic Communication Specialist
May 80-Jun 80 PPL Airplane Single & Multiengine, Helicopter training
Mar 94-Dec 00 National Business Aviation Association, Associate Member Advisory Council


English (fluent)
German (fluent)
Swiss German (fluent)
French (rusty)
Italian (basic)
Spanish (basic)