Jaan Albrecht, ceo of the Star Alliance, is to take up a similar role at Austrian Airlines.
He has been put forward for the new role which includes thechairmanship and is expected to be confirmedin the post in November.
Albrecht has been ceo of the Star largest alliance in the world.
Star said Albrecht would remain as its ceo until a successor is found.
The post at Austrian has been vacant since March when Thierry Antinori, a former Lufthansa executive who had been selected for the rolet, left the airline.