KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has announced that president and CEO Camiel Eurlings has resigned. Pieter Elbers to succeed Eurlings, effective immediately. The announcement was unexpected.
Eurlings became CEO on July 1, 2013, following the retirement of Peter Hartmann. Eurlings is a former Dutch transport minister and member of the European Parliament. He is also former KLM managing director and EVP of Air France-KLM Cargo. He was president and CEO of KLM for four years.
Eurlings, whose term was set to expire in April 2015, decided to resign after consultation with KLM’s supervisor board, in order to pave the way for his successor, KLM said in a statement.
Elbers started his career at KLM in 1992 and was most recently COO and deputy CEO of KLM. He has been a member of KLM's statutory board of managing directors since April 2012; he is also a member of the Air France-KLM executive committee.
His previous positions at KLM include SVP-network & alliances, GM-KLM Japan & Korea, and GM-KLM Mediterranean. He is also a member of the supervisory boards of Kenya Airways and Transavia Airlines (Transavia Netherlands).