Management of KLM
Meet the management of KLM: our Executive Committee, Supervisory Board, and directors.
KLM’s management is in the hands of its Executive Team. The statutory Managing Directors are President and Chief Executive Officer Marjan Rintel, Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer Erik Swelheim, and Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer René de Groot.
The Supervisory Board supervises the management by the Board of Managing Directors and the general performance of KLM. The Supervisory Board consists of Cees ‘t Hart (chair), François Enaud, Jan-Kees de Jager, Christian Nibourel, Marjan Oudeman, Fleur Pellerin, Pierre-François Riolacci, Benjamin Smith and Janine Vos.
Biography Marjan Rintel
Marjan E.F. Rintel (1967) – President and CEO – has a strong track record in civil aviation. After her studies, Rintel worked in various roles at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. In 1999, she moved to KLM and held a number of different positions until 2014. She got to know the company from the inside: operationally and commercially. In 2014, Rintel exchanged KLM for NS (Dutch Railways). For six years, she held the position of Operational Director on the Executive Board. In 2020, she was appointed Chairman of the Board. On 1 July 2022, she returned to KLM as President and CEO.
Rintel is responsible for the overall strategy and performance of KLM, in which setting strategic priorities to strengthen KLM's market position is an important aspect. In addition, she is committed to helping KLM further recover from the COVID-19 crisis while making KLM even more sustainable. It is very important that this vision and the role of innovation in it are further developed.
She is also responsible for maintaining and strengthening a customer-focused and efficient organisation. The focus is on developing and improving collaborations, partnerships, and strengthening KLM's social position. Rintel believes that the bond between KLM and society should be strengthened with a focus on mutual understanding.
In her role as President of KLM, Rintel is a member of the Executive Committee of the Air France KLM Group and the CEO Committee. She also holds various other additional positions.
Rintel studied Business Administration at the University of Groningen.
Biography Erik Swelheim
Erik (R.) Swelheim (1965) – Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer - started his career at KLM in 2004 as Corporate Controller. He became Chief Financial Officer in 2012 and joined the Board of Managing Directors in 2014. Before working at KLM, he held several financial positions within Unilever, such as Financial Manager of Iglo-Ola in The Netherlands, Financial Director of the European Supply Chain at DiverseyLever and Financial Director of JohnsonDiversey and of DiverseyLever in France.
Within the joint responsibility of the Board of Managing Directors, it is the CFO who manages KLM’s corporate finance & treasury, financial planning & reporting and financial risk management. As a Managing Director KLM’s Procurement and IT are part of his focus area. He is a member of the IATA Financial Committee. Furthermore, he is a member of the Supervisory Board of Transavia, a 100 percent subsidiary of KLM.
Erik Swelheim graduated at the University of Amsterdam (Master in Business Economics) and the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam (Post Graduate Financial Controlling – RC).
Biography René de Groot
René (M.) de Groot (1969) – Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer - started his career at KLM in 1990 as a pilot. His last position as a pilot was captain on the Airbus A330 until 2012. In 1999, he joined the Board of the Dutch Pilots Union VNV, and was VNV’s President from 2005 to 2009. De Groot was Deputy President of the International Federation of Air Line Pilot's Associations (IFALPA) in 2010/2011. In 2012, he made the transition to a managing position at Engineering & Maintenance, becoming its Senior Vice President Operations, before joining the Board of Managing Directors in 2015 as Chief Operating Officer. He is also KLM’s Accountable Manager.
Within the joint responsibility of the Board of Managing Directors, it is the COO who manages KLM’s Passenger Business Operations, with 35 million passengers per year, 734 flights per day to 171 destinations and 20.000 staff.
As KLM’s Accountable Manager he is accountable to the Dutch Civil Aviation Authority (CAA-NL) for maintaining operational safety and compliance standards required by regulation, and has final responsibility for the Air Operator Certificate (AOC). Within this responsibility, he is accountable for the overall Integrated Safety Management System (ISMS).
René de Groot graduated as an airline pilot at the Rijksluchtvaartschool. In addition, he has completed several aviation safety leadership courses (Baines Simmons) and an executive program (Darden Business School, USA).