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KLM appoints Jan Ernst de Groot as Managing Director


KLM Royal Dutch Airlines intends to appoint Mr. Jan Ernst de Groot (44) as member of the Board of Managing Directors with effect from July 5, 2007. Mr. De Groot currently holds the position of Executive Vice President Corporate Center at KLM.

The general meeting of shareholders of KLM NV will be informed of the intended appointment during the annual meeting scheduled for July 5, 2007.

With the appointment of Mr. De Groot, KLM’s Board of Managing Directors will continue to be made up of three people. Mr. Peter Hartman succeeded Mr. Leo van Wijk as KLM President & CEO with effect from April 1, 2007. In his capacity as CFO, Mr. Frédéric Gagey also occupies a position on the Board of Managing Directors.

Jan Ernst de Groot joined KLM in 1992. Over the years, he has held various management positions in a broad range of areas including foreign affairs, commercial alliances, labor relations, legal affairs, airport strategy, environmental responsibility, company secretary and general counsel from 2003 to 2005.

Mr. De Groot studied at the University of Leiden and is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School. Before joining KLM, he completed his military service as a naval officer and subsequently worked as an attorney at the offices of De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in The Hague.


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