AMSTELVEEN, January 9, 2003 å- KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has appointed Erik F. Varwijk (41) Senior Vice President & Area Manager å- Western Europe effective January 16, 2003. He will succeed Onno P.M. van den Brink, who has been appointed President & CEO of Transavia airlines.
Until January 1, 2003, Mr. Varwijk was stationed in Singapore as Vice President & Area Manager - Asia Pacific. He joined KLM in 1989, after graduating in business economics. Since then he has held various operational and commercial posts at KLM. This new posting will place him at the head of the passenger marketing and sales organization for the Benelux, United Kingdom and Ireland. Mr. Varwijk will report directly to Paul S.M. Gregorowitsch, Executive Vice President - Commercial.
Effective January 1, 2003, E.J. (Boet) Kreiken (44) succeeded Mr. Varwijk as Vice President & Area Manager - Asia Pacific. Mr. Kreiken previously headed the Pricing & Revenue Management department of the Commercial division at Passenger Business. Mr. Kreiken, a business administration graduate, joined KLM in 1985. He has held a series of positions at KLM, including several commercial posts outside the Netherlands. Mr. Kreiken will be posted in the Netherlands.
The department of Pricing & Revenue Management will be under interim management for the time being.