KLM Chief executive Elbers resigns from KQ board

Elbers resignation has been necessitated by his heavy responsibilities and additional commitments as President and CEO of KLM.

KLM chief executive Peter Elbers has resigned from the board of Kenya Airways.

He will be replaced by his alternate director, Jos Veenstra, the Dutch carrier’s current vice president for mergers, acquisitions and holdings.

Mr Elbers had held the position for four years.

Sweeping changes

The change comes three months after Kenya Airways hired former Safaricom CEO Michael Joseph to be the airline’s board chairman.

Plans are also underway to renegotiate KQ’s long-standing joint venture agreement with the major shareholder KLM which currently owns a 26.7 per cent stake in the airline.

In November last year, KQ also appointed Vincent Coste, a former KLM executive as its commercial director, filling a critical managerial position that remained vacant for a year.

Veenstra has been the alternate non-executive director on the KQ board since May 26, 2005 and is currently a member of the board’s audit and risk management committee.”

Key positions

He is also a member of KQ’s special committee that is handling its operational restructuring with the help of US consultancy, McKinsey.

The committee is also spearheading the ongoing balance sheet restructuring at KQ as well as capital raising with the support of PJT Partners, a New-York-based advisory firm.

Mr Veenstra is the chairman of Cobalt Ground Solutions, a London-based KLM subsidiary which caters to major carriers including Delta Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Korean Air and Kenya Airways from Heathrow Airport.

Kenya Airways last year was forced to defend its partnership with KLM following allegations by the pilot's lobby that the alliance is a liability to the carrier.

“All employees at Kenya Airways have been selected based on merit and KLM as our partner and shareholder has assisted in identifying the right talent for key positions at Kenya Airways. The airline has a comprehensive succession plan and all management director interviews and appointments are undertaken by the Board,” a statement by the then board chair Dennis Awori said in part.

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: news@pulselive.co.ke

Recommended articles

It's my first time - watch Moses Kuria walking unaided after accident [Video]

It's my first time - watch Moses Kuria walking unaided after accident [Video]

Leaders of Islamic State and Al Qaeda killed within a span of 24 hours

Leaders of Islamic State and Al Qaeda killed within a span of 24 hours

Mike Sonko reacts to court clearing swearing-in of Anne Kananu

Mike Sonko reacts to court clearing swearing-in of Anne Kananu

Yahoo Boy jailed in Edo for pretending to be James Bond actor

Yahoo Boy jailed in Edo for pretending to be James Bond actor

3 CSs host Raila in Nyamira County for major Harambee

3 CSs host Raila in Nyamira County for major Harambee

Police launch manhunt for man who assaulted his 90-year-old mother in Makueni

Police launch manhunt for man who assaulted his 90-year-old mother in Makueni

1 dead: How Komothai Girls defended themselves after boys invaded their dorm

1 dead: How Komothai Girls defended themselves after boys invaded their dorm

New closing time for Bars and Restaurants, CS clarifies on wearing masks

New closing time for Bars and Restaurants, CS clarifies on wearing masks

Police act after bombing incident at Boniface Mwangi's Machakos home

Police act after bombing incident at Boniface Mwangi's Machakos home