Royal Decoration Awarded To KLM President & CEO Peter Hartman
Parting KLM President & CEO Peter Hartman was today awarded a royal decoration by His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, who appointed Mr Hartman Commander in the Order of Orange-Nassau for his services to KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and the Netherlands aviation industry. The decoration was presented by State Secretary Mansveld of Infrastructure & the Environment at a farewell reception for Mr Hartman in one of the KLM hangars at Schiphol East.
In her speech, State Secretary Mansveld remarked on Mr Hartman’s passion, saying: “This is what they mean when they say that someone has a ‘blue heart’, with kerosene running through his veins.” The state secretary went on acknowledge the role Mr Hartman had played in the merger between Air France and KLM, his attention for the network, the development of the hub, and the jobs thus created. “Mr Hartman has made an important contribution to protecting KLM interests and, in so doing, the broader interests of the Netherlands within the Air France KLM Group.”
In the presence of hundreds of guests and the board of the AIR FRANCE KLM Group, the state secretary thanked Peter Hartman for his cooperation and wished his successor, Camiel Eurlings, the best of success in his new role.
Peter Hartman was appointed president & CEO of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in 2007. He will be succeeded by Camiel Eurlings on 1 July. Effective the same date, the KLM Board of Managing Directors will consist of Pieter Elbers, Erik Varwijk and Camiel Eurlings. Mr Eurlings joined the statutory board of KLM on 1 July 2011. Peter Hartman is appointed vice-chairman of the AIR FRANCE KLM Group and will hold a seat on the Board of Directors.
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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