Two new directors for KLM
Camiel Eurlings and Erik Varwijk join KLM President & CEO Peter Hartman and CFO Frédéric Gagey on the statutory managing board of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines on 1 July 2011. The KLM Managing Board will then consist of four statutory managing directors.
All statutory managing directors are part of the AIR FRANCE KLM GROUP Executive Committee. The new team of directors will begin on 1 April.
President & CEO Peter Hartman: “I am proud of the new Managing Board of Directors. We have been carrying out intensive discussions with Camiel Eurlings since December concerning the role he might play within KLM. I am extremely delighted by the outcome of these discussions. I am also very pleased to welcome Erik Varwijk to the Board.”
Eurlings’ main responsibility will be Air France - KLM Cargo. He is taking over this director’s portfolio over from Mr Hartman. Eurlings: “I have considered many serious offers over the last few months, but it is with complete conviction that I have chosen KLM, the pride of our nation. KLM is vitally important to the Dutch economy and, together with partner Air France, a major player on the world stage. It is a company that is focused on the future, has a long Dutch tradition and highly dedicated workforce. My responsibility for Cargo returns me to my original discipline as a logistical engineer. It is an extremely interesting job which will also enable me to better plan my private life.”
Michael Wisbrun, Executive Vice President KLM Cargo and chair of the Joint Cargo Committee Air France KLM Martinair, has been proposed for a new AIR FRANCE KLM position. An announcement will follow in due course. “I have led KLM Cargo with great pleasure for almost twelve years and am looking forward to working with Eurlings over the coming months.” Wisbrun will handover his membership of the AIR FRANCE KLM Group Executive Committee.
Erik Varwijk has worked for KLM since 1989 and for the time being remains Executive Vice President Commercial Passenger Business. As a director he will retain his current responsibilities, both within AIR FRANCE KLM and KLM. “I am delighted to be able to take this step,” Mr Varwijk said. “KLM is taking an important step in anchoring this part of our business to the Board of Directors is an important development for KLM.”
The proposed appointments of Camiel Eurlings and Erik Varwijk will be presented for approval at the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders on 1 July 2011. The Works Council is being consulted on the appointments.
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.
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