Jan Ernst de Groot will leave KLM
On 1 April 2011 Jan Ernst de Groot will step down as Managing Director KLM. “I have decided not to put myself up for reappointment following the current term, which concludes on 1 July,” De Groot said. “For this reason, I will step down following the completion of the current fiscal year.”
De Groot has been a member of the Board of Managing Directors since 2007. “It’s time for a change”, he said. “I have had the privilege of working for this wonderful company, and this turbulent industry, for close to twenty years. With another twenty years to go in my career this seems like a logical moment to change course. I plan to use the knowledge and experience I’ve amassed to the necessary transition to a sustainable economy and a society based on renewable energy.”
Jan Ernst de Groot will leave KLM on 1 July.
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.