Katharina List-Nagl, CEO, F/LIST

Katharina List-Nagl is the CEO of F/LIST, a family-owned Austrian company that specialises in the interior design and outfitting of business and private jets, superyachts, and luxury residences. She is the granddaughter of the company's founder, Franz List, and joined the business in 2004. Katharina List-Nagl became CEO in 2017 and has since been responsible for the strategic direction and overall management of the company. She has been credited with expanding F/LIST's global footprint into nine subsidiaries in the EMEA and Americas. Under her leadership, the company has set a large focus on customer centricity, innovative power and sustainability. List-Nagl is a graduate of the University of Economics and Business and she has received numerous awards for her leadership and contributions to the business world.

What do you love most about working in the aviation industry?

The more I have developed in the industry, the more I feel the dedication and fascination of the people working in aviation, especially business aviation. It is a sexy industry with beautiful products tailored to the needs of the users and owners. At F/LIST we specialise in interior design and outfitting of business aircraft. Creating a principal´s most private space and experiencing their delight with their new aircraft cabin gives a very strong feeling of satisfaction.

What would your advice be to younger women trying to break into the aviation industry?

Set clear career goals and define the position you want to achieve in aviation and how to get there. Build relationships within the industry and use networks to learn about job openings, career opportunities and mentorship programs. Be willing to work hard to improve your knowledge and skills. Look for opportunities to expand your expertise to qualify for future roles. Identify a professional who can help you develop your career and provide feedback and guidance.

Why is it important to you to raise the importance of women in the aviation industry?

Craft and aviation are both male domains. I was often the only woman in the room, and quite a bit younger than my contemporaries. I am very proud that F/LIST is seeing more and more women in leadership roles, especially in customer relations, where they are all talented in terms of professional knowledge and charisma.