“After consultations with CEO Pieter Elbers, the supervisory board decided that he would not apply for a third term as CEO and president,” reads the communiqué of KLM’s supervisory board.
“I am very proud of my company and its wonderful employees who remain the strength of KLM, especially in these difficult times,” Eberts wrote in a press release, adding that his 30-year career with the “blue family” is “an unimaginably beautiful journey that I will always be. value”.
Eberts has led KLM for eight years and is a well-known advocate of Dutch interests in a Franco-Dutch company. The NOS website indicates that the end of the mission of the current head of the Dutch carrier is not accidental.
“The CEO of KLM was not loved by the authorities of Air France-KLM, regularly opposed plans that would limit KLM’s autonomy“- informs the portal.
The relationship between Eberts and Air France-KLM CEO Benjamin Smith was cool to say the least, notes RTL Nieuws and recalls that a few years ago, both gentlemen refused to even shake hands during a press conference, despite the journalists’ requests.
In 2019, the French side opposed his reappointment as the head of the Dutch carrier. Then 25 thousand KLM employees signed the petitionto enable him to continue his mission.
“The departure of Eberts is a shock,” comments the daily “Algemeen Dagblad”, “the chairman of KLM was not loved by the French, but he is adored by company staff“- adds the RTL Nieuws portal.
The daily “De Telegraaf” informs that the airline employees started collecting signatures against the departure of their president on Friday.
“We will put the blue army on its feet,” the newspaper quotes one KLM employee.