Camiel Eurlings Appointed KLM President & CEO
Based on a decision taken by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines’ Supervisory Board on Wednesday, Camiel Eurlings is appointed President & CEO effective 1 July 2013. He will succeed Peter Hartman who has held this position since 1 April 2007. As of 1 July 2013, KLM's statutory Board of Managing Directors will then consist of Camiel Eurlings, Pieter Elbers and Erik Varwijk. Mr Eurlings joined the KLM board on 1 July 2011. Peter Hartman will remain in KLM's service until he retires on 1 January 2014.
Peter Hartman will retain his seat on the AIR FRANCE KLM Board of Directors and, in this capacity, will continue to be closely involved in the development of AIR FRANCE KLM.
The Supervisory Board voted unanimously in favour of Camiel Eurlings’ appointment and has expressed its full confidence in him and the management team that will be heading up KLM under his leadership with effect from 1 July 2013.
I welcome the Supervisory Board's appointment of Camiel Eurlings as my successor with much enthusiasm. The management team he will lead is highly complimentary in terms of experience and background.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was founded in 1919, making it the world’s oldest airline still operating under its original name. In 2004, Air France and KLM merged to form AIR FRANCE KLM. The merger produced the strongest European airline group based on two powerful brands and hubs – Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Paris Charles de Gaulle. Retaining its own identity, the group focuses on three core businesses: passenger transport, cargo and aircraft maintenance.
In the Netherlands, KLM comprises the core of the KLM Group, which further includes KLM Cityhopper, transavia.com and Martinair. KLM serves all its destinations using a modern fleet and employs over 33,000 people around the world. KLM is a leader in the airline industry, offering reliable operations and customer-oriented products resulting from its policy of enthusiasm and sustainable innovation.
KLM is a member of the global SkyTeam airline alliance, offering customers an extensive worldwide network. The KLM network connects the Netherlands to every important economic region in the world and, as such, serves as a powerful driver for the economy.
SkyTeam is a global airline alliance providing customers from member airlines access to an extensive worldwide network offering more destinations, more frequencies and more connectivity. Passengers can earn and redeem Frequent Flyer Miles throughout the SkyTeam network. SkyTeam member airlines offer customers access to over 490 lounges worldwide.