KLM appoints new CEO

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines announces the appointment of Peter F. Hartman as its Chief Executive Officer as of the closing of the Annual General Meeting of the company on July 5, 2007.Peter Hartman will succeed Leo M. van Wijk (60), who will officially step down as of that same date.

Mr. Van Wijk will continue to be involved in the management of Air France KLM as Vice-Chairman of the Group. Mr. Hartman will be acting CEO as per April 1, 2007.

Peter Hartman (57) joined KLM in 1973, as a controller at Engineering & Maintenance. In the years that followed, he held various positions as controller in the Netherlands and abroad. In 1989, he was appointed Vice President of KLM Ground Services, followed in 1990 by his appointment as Senior Vice President of Customer Services. He was appointed Executive Vice President of Personnel & Organisation in 1994, and took up the position of Executive Vice President of Engineering & Maintenance in 1996.

Peter Hartman was appointed to the KLM Board of Managing Directors in 1997. He currently holds the position of Deputy CEO and Chief Operations Officer.