Rintel returning to KLM as CEO, succeeding Elbers effective July 1
Marjan Rintel

Rintel returning to KLM as CEO, succeeding Elbers effective July 1

AMSTELVEEN — The Supervisory Board of KLM intends to nominate Marjan Rintel as the new President and CEO of KLM.

Rintel is currently President and CEO of Dutch Railways (NS), however she’s no stranger to KLM. Before joining NS, she worked for KLM for 15 years in various positions, including operations, sales and marketing at KLM and Air France-KLM.

Rintel will succeed Pieter Elbers, who will step down as President and CEO by July 1. The Air France-KLM Board of Directors has unanimously approved Rintel’s nomination.

‘We are delighted that Marjan will come on board as CEO on the 1st of July,” says Cees ‘t Hart, Chairman of the Supervisory Board. “With her broad managerial, commercial and operational experience, we are bringing in someone who is close to the staff and who, together with her team, will continue to shape the future of KLM as a customer-focused, sustainable and financially healthy company. We are convinced that her knowledge of the sector, her network and her experience in the political arena will contribute to this.”

Ben Smith, CEO, Air France-KLM, added: “I am extremely happy to welcome Marjan to our team as the new CEO of KLM. I know that Marjan will succeed in making KLM even stronger by continuing to build on the Group’s strengths.”

Rintel says she’s honoured to return to KLM and take over the baton from Elbers.

“Under Pieter’s leadership, KLM found its way up and I will continue on that course,” says Rintel. “Aviation is in times of great and complex challenges. I am of the opinion that an indigenous Dutch company like KLM, just like NS, has a major role to play in these social and economic challenges. Fulfilling that role successfully will be my priority from day one.”