René de Groot was appointed COO in November 2014. His current term would end in 2023, but De Groot is now stepping down from his position to take up a position at British Airways. He leaves KLM on 15 July.
René de Groot: 'After 32 fantastic years at KLM, I have decided to spread my wings and continue my career at British Airways as Chief Operating Officer. I realise that my departure comes at a turbulent time for KLM, but I leave the airline in the knowledge that the road to recovery has begun and that the organisation will be able to do so despite the continuing challenges. I thank KLM for all the opportunities I have been given and all my colleagues and partners for their confidence, cooperation and what I have been able to learn from them. That and all the fond memories I have will always stay with me in my career moving forward.'