“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page” – St. Augustine
Andreas Leonhard joined LSG Sky Chefs 30 years ago when he was a student. Today, he is Director of Innovation and Product development. The company’s diversity and multiculturalism remind him of Frankfurt am Main, his birthplace, in many ways.
When did you start working for LSG Sky Chefs?
It all started in 1984 when a friend of mine recommended LSG Sky Chefs. It was a flexible job and it gave me the chance to learn and travel a lot. And I was able to work in a variety of positions within LSG Sky Chefs, from loading, driving trucks and training staff to working as a catering agent. Understanding the new opportunities and challenges that suddenly appeared in the early 90s in post-communist Eastern Europe was especially exciting. It was a great time to gain experience really quick.
Did your part-time student experience benefited you in what you are doing now?
Working in operations meant I did all sorts of jobs that gave me a good overall understanding of what’s involved in airline catering. That experience really helped me when I started working in the in-flight department of LSG Sky Chefs for one of our major customer and later on in product marketing and sales support.
What is your current position with the company?
I try to create value for the LSG Sky Chefs Innovation and Product Marketing department by analyzing and developing future-oriented solutions in the airline and hospitality industries to differentiate our Asia/Pacific customers from their competitors. My professional background as an inflight expert helps me to not only co-create tailor-made consumer and customer solutions, but advocate for LSG Sky Chefs’ unique approach to the market. LSG Sky Chefs focusses on consumer needs and how ongoing mega trends influence them. Innovation and Product marketing listens to consumers, conducts market research and translates them into real ideas and concepts for our customers.
What does working for LSG Sky Chefs mean to you?
There is a quote I like from St. Augustine: “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page,” which is exactly how I feel about working at LSG Sky Chefs. It involves traveling a lot and being in contact with people from all around the globe. That’s the beauty of my work. And the multiculturalism I encounter reminds me a lot of my hometown, Frankfurt am Main. I loved growing up in a place where you’re in constant contact with people from all kinds of cultural backgrounds.