Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors determines the direction of the Group's activities and ensures their implementation. Its mandate is to work with General Management to ensure smooth company operations in line with the opinions and recommendations of its specialized committees.

The Board of Directors comprises 19 members: 

  • 16 Board directors appointed by the Shareholders’ Meeting, including:
    - 2 directors proposed by the French State and,
    - 2 directors representing the employee shareholders;
  • 1 representative of the employees appointed by the Comité de Groupe Français;
  • 1 representative of the employees appointed by the European Works Council and
  • 1 representative of the French State appointed by ministerial order

The Board of Directors operates in accordance with the corporate governance principles in France as presented in the AFEP-MEDEF Corporate Governance Code in particular, the duration of Board directors' terms of office is four years and the renewal of Board director mandates is staggered to facilitate the smooth renewal of the Board of Directors.

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Anne-Marie Couderc , Chair of Air France-KLM Board of directors - Chair of the Appointments and Governance Committee

Born February 13, 1950, Anne-Marie Couderc is a graduate in private law and holds a French Professional Lawyer’s Certificate (Certificat d’aptitude à la Profession d’Avocat).
She began her career in 1972 as a lawyer with the Paris Bar. She then became Chief Legal Officer in Hachette’s industrial division between 1979 and 1982, before fulfilling different management functions within the Lagardère Group from 1982 to 1995.
In parallel, Anne-Marie Couderc has pursued a political career: having been elected to the Paris Council in 1983, until 2001 she successively served as Advisor then Deputy to the Mayor of Paris between 1989 and 2001. Having been elected a Deputy of the French National Assembly in 1993, she subsequently joined the government in 1995 where she was appointed Secretary of State to the Prime Minister, responsible for Employment, then Minister for Employment and Social Affairs, responsible for Employment, until 1997.
In 1997, she was named Chief Executive Officer followed, from 2006 to 2010, by Secretary-General of Lagardère Active (press and audiovisual). From 2011 to 2017, she was Chair of Presstalis Group (press distribution). 

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Benjamin Smith , Board director & Chief Executive Officer of Air France-KLM

Benjamin Smith is a senior airline industry veteran, having spent twenty years at Air Canada before joining Air France-KLM as Chief Executive Officer.

In 1990, while at university, he started part time as a Customer Service Agent at Air Ontario.  In 1992 he followed an entrepreneurial path and established his own retail corporate travel agency, successfully running this business for eight years. In 2002 he joined Air Canada, envisioning and subsequently leading its Tango subsidiary.

Benjamin later became Vice President, Network Planning, followed by Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer in 2007, and subsequently President, Airlines (Air Canada, Rouge, Express, Cargo) and Chief Operating Officer in 2014. He assumed overall responsibility for commercial, operations, and customer service functions, and spearheaded their commercial growth strategy, resulting in impressive financial performance.

In August 2018 Benjamin Smith was appointed CEO of Air France-KLM, and in December, a member of the Air France-KLM Board of Directors.

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Gwenaëlle Avice-Huet , Independent director - member of the Audit Committee

Born on November 16, 1979, Ms. Avice-Huet is a graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan (agrégation in physics and chemistry), an engineer of the Corps des Ponts et Chaussées and a graduate of the École Polytechnique (DEA in molecular chemistry).

She began her career in 2006 with the Saint-Gobain Group in the United States, as a project manager in the field of energy, before working as an analyst at the World Bank in Washington D.C., where she co-published a book dedicated to urban infrastructure.

From 2007 to 2010, she started working in the administration, first at the General Secretariat for European Affairs (Prime Minister’s department) and then as an advisor in various ministerial cabinets where she took part in international climate negotiations.

In 2010, she joined the Engie Group (formerly GDF-Suez), where she was to hold the position of Director of European and Regulatory Affairs and advised the Group’s General Management until 2015. In 2016, she was appointed CEO of Engie France Renouvelables and contributed to the industrial transformation that will position Engie as the leader in wind and solar energy in France.

As of 2019, she held the positions of Deputy CEO of the Engie Group in charge of renewable energies and CEO of Engie North America (Houston, USA), and was a member of the Engie Group Executive Committee.

In March 2021, she joined the Schneider Electric Group (Boston, USA), where she heads strategic projects for the company on energy transition.

Gwenaëlle Avice-Huet is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

Ms. Avice-Huet is a Knight of the National Order of Merit.

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Karim Belabbas , Director representing the employees - Member of the Sustainable Development and Compliance Committee

Born July 28, 1973, Karim Belabbas is graduate of the École Supérieure des Métiers de l’Aéronautique in Montpelier (1998). He holds a university degree in aeronautics from Saint-Denis University (2001). Having been Air Traffic Operations Coordinator with the Aéroport de Paris, Mr. Belabbas joined Air France in November 1999 as an Aircraft Leader. Since 2005, Karim Belabbas has been Support Technician Weight and Balance of CDG HUB Ground Operations.

Leni M. T. Boeren , Independent Director, Member of the Audit Committee and Member of the Sustainable Development and Compliance Committee

Born December 23, 1963, Léni M.T. Boeren holds a Masters degree in Business Management from Erasmus University in Rotterdam (the Netherlands).

Ms. Boeren started her career in the financial sector at Paribas in 1983. She went on to work for Rabobank, where she held various positions through to 1992. She then moved to Robeco as head of the marketing and product management department from 1992 to 1997. She subsequently became a member of the Board of Directors of Amsterdam Exchanges followed, in 2000 to 2005, by her appointment as a member of the Executive Committee of Euronext N.V. (1) , the result of the merger of the Paris (ParisBourse), Brussels (Brussels Exchanges) and Amsterdam (Amsterdam Exchanges) stock exchanges.

From January 2005 until December 2016, she was successively a member, Vice-Chair and Chair of the management Board of Robeco Groep N.V., an international asset management firm. She was also responsible for Robeco Groep’s subsidiaries and held several Board positions. She also served as a member and Chair of the Board of DUFAS, the Dutch Fund and Asset Management Association (2009-2016).

Ms. Boeren has been Chair and CEO of the Management Board of Kempen Capital Management and a member of the Executive Board of Van Lanschot Kempen N.V. (1) (from February 2018 to April 2020).


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Isabelle Bouillot , Independent director -Chair of the Audit Committee – Member of the Remuneration Committee

Born May 5, 1949, Isabelle Bouillot holds an advanced degree in Public Law and is a graduate of the Institut des Études Politiques de Paris and the École Nationale d’Administration. 
Having occupied various positions in the French Public Administration, among them Economic Advisor to the President of the Republic between 1989 and 1991 and Budget Director at the Ministry of Economy and Finance between 1991 and 1995, Ms. Bouillot was Deputy Chief Executive Officer in charge of the financial and banking activities at the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations between 1995 and 2000 then Chair of the Management Board of the Investment Bank of the CDC IXIS Group from 2000 to 2003. Since 2006, Ms. Bouillot has been President of China Equity Links (SAS).

Terence Tilgenkamp , Board Director representing employees


Born on January 30, 1983, Terence Tilgenkamp joined KLM in 2006 as a cabin attendant. He has been working as a purser on KLM flights since 2018.

He was also a member of the KLM section of the parliament of the Union of Dutch Cabin Crew, a member of the KLM Works Council, of which he also acted as president between 2019 and 2021, as well as a non-executive director of the KLM Cabin Crew Pension Fund.

Jean-Dominique Comolli , Board director appointed by the Shareholders’ Meeting as proposed by the French State Member of the Appointments and Governance Committee and of the Remuneration Committee

Born April 25, 1948, Jean-Dominique Comolli is a graduate of the Institut des Sciences Politiques de Paris and of the École Nationale d’Administration and holds a Masters degree in Economic Sciences.
Mr. Comolli began his career in 1977 as a civil administrator before becoming a technical advisor at the French Ministry of Budget under Laurent Fabius, then a member of Prime Minister Pierre Mauroy’s and Laurent Fabius’ staff. He then became Chief of Staff at the French Budget Ministry under Michel Charasse, before being appointed Director of Customs in 1989. Between 1993 and 2010, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Seita, Vice-Chairman of Altadis until 2005 and Chairman of the Board of Altadis between 2005 and 2010. In September 2010, he was appointed Commissioner for State Holdings, a position he was to occupy until October 2012. Mr. Comolli is currently an Honorary Civil Service Administrator.

Paul Farges , Board director representing the flight deck crew shareholders - Member of the Audit Committee

Born February 9, 1971, Paul Farges holds a degree in Air Traffic Control engineering from the École Nationale d’Aviation Civile and a diploma as an airline pilot (ATPL).
He began his career in 1994 as Head of the Aviation Sans Frontière (ASF) mission in Angola before becoming an air traffic controller at the Centre en Route de la Navigation Aérienne Nord from March 1995 to June 1998. In 1999, he joined Air France where he was as a Pilot Officer on the B-737 until 2001, then on the B-747 from 2001 to 2007. He then became a Flight Captain on the A320 from 2007 to 2017. Since May 2017, he has been an airline pilot instructor.

Cees’t Hart , Board director

Born in 1958, Mr. ‘t Hart holds an MA in Social Science from the Leiden University (The Netherlands). Mr. ‘t Hart worked for 24 years with Unilever, starting his career as management trainee, and held a range of international management positions in the Netherlands, Hungary, Singapore, Poland and Italy. His last position in Unilever was member of the Unilever Europe Board as SVP Marketing Operations.

He joined Carlsberg Group as Chief Executive Officer in 2015 after seven years as Chief Executive Officer of the Dutch dairy cooperativ Royal FrieslandCampina. He has been a Member of Supervisory Board at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines since 2014.

Anne-Marie Idrac , independent director - Chair of the Sustainable Development and Compliance Committee

Born on July 27, 1951, Anne-Marie Idrac graduated from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Institut d’Études Politiques), the National School of Administration (École Nationale d’Administration) and the Institute of Higher Learning in National Defense (Institut des Hautes Etudes de Défense Nationale). 
She was chief executive officer at the Public Development Agency of Cergy-Pontoise, director of land transportation at the Ministry of Equipment and Transport and subsequently Secretary of State for Transport. She occupied the positions of Chair and CEO of the RATP (Paris Public Transport Authority) from 2002 to 2006, and Chair and CEO of the SNCF (French State Railways) from 2006 to 2008. She was a Member of Parliament from 1997 to 2002, and Secretary of State for Foreign Trade from 2008 to 2010.
Anne-Marie Idrac is currently board director of Saint-Gobain(1), Bouygues(1) and Total(1). She is also Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Aéroport de Toulouse Blagnac since 2015 (this function will expire in May 2018). Anne-Marie Idrac is currently director of companies.  

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Alain Bellemare , Permanent representative of Delta Air Lines, Inc., board director – Member of the Remuneration Committee

Born June 14, 1961, Alain Bellemare is the permanent representative on Air France – KLM’s Board of Directors of Delta Air Lines, Inc.*, a corporation formed under the laws of the State of Delaware having its registered office at 1030 Delta Bld. Atlanta. GA USA 30354. 

Alain Bellemare is a transformative business leader and board member with extensive experience in strategy, business development and operational roles. He serves as Executive Vice-President and President-International at Delta Air Lines Inc.* since January 2021.  

In 2020, Mr. Bellemare was an Operating Executive with The Carlyle Group*, focused on the aerospace, defense and government services sectors. Prior to joining The Carlyle Group, he served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Board member of Bombardier Inc.* from 2015 to 2020.  

Before joining Bombardier, Mr. Bellemare spent 18 years with United Technologies Corporation, serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of UTC Propulsion & Aerospace Systems from 2011 to 2015. 

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Astrid Panosyan , Board director appointed as proposed by the French State - Member of the Sustainable Development and Compliance Committee

Born August 13, 1971, graduate of Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) Paris, of the École des Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Paris (HEC) and of Harvard University (Kennedy School of Government).

She to the Department of Business Support & Development for Asia- Pacific region.

In 2002, she joined Groupama where she successively held various senior positions in the International Department, the Department of Strategy and the Department of Finance. She became General Secretary of the Group in 2011.

Before joining Unibail- Rodamco SE, she was previously an advisor and member of the cabinet of Emmanuel Macron, French Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs, from 2014 to 2015, where she was in charge of Economic Attractiveness and International Investments.

Since September 1st, 2015, she has held the position of Managing Director of the Central Functions of the Unibail- Rodamco- Westfied Group (URW) in charge of Human Resources, Organization, Information Systems, Legal Affairs, Risks & Compliance.

Isabelle Parize , Independent director Member of the Remuneration Committee - Member of the Audit Committee

Born June 16, 1957, Isabelle Parize is a graduate of the École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris.

Having occupied various positions within Procter & Gamble between 1980 and 1993 including notably that of Marketing Manager, Health and Beauty Care, Ms. Parize joined Henkel Group in 1994. She was Managing Director of Schwarzkopf, Henkel France, from 1994 to 1998, and then Senior Vice-President in charge of Europe, the Middle East and Africa (based in Germany) from 1998 to 2001. She subsequently became President of Canal+ Distribution and Chair and CEO of Canal Satellite in 2001. She then became President of the Fragrance division at Quest International (2005-07) and Managing Director then Vice-Chair of the company Betclic (2007-11) before joining Nocibé as President of the Managing Board (2011-16). She was Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Douglas Holding AG until October 2017. From 2018 to august 2021, Ms. Parize became CEO of Delsey and of its holding DHI company. Nowadays, she is Chair of the Supervisory Board of DHI Company and a member of several other Boards of Directors.

François Robardet , Board director representing the Ground Staff and Cabin Crew shareholders - Member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees

Born November 9, 1957, François Robardet is a graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers.
Mr. Robardet began his career in 1983 as a consulting engineer on management information systems within Compagnie Générale d’Informatique.
In 1993, he joined Air Inter as an IT project manager before moving to Air France in 1997.

Dirk Jan van Den Berg , Board Director – Member of the Sustainable development and compliance Committee

Born on December 18, 1953, Mr. Van den Berg is a graduate of Groningen State University (Netherlands), of the École Nationale d’Administration (Paris), and of the Academie voor Bank en Verzekeringen (Amsterdam).

He began his career as a Research Assistant in the Faculty of Economics (Groningen State University). He joined the Ministry of Economic Affairs (Netherlands) in 1980 where he was appointed Policy Advisor on macroeconomics before becoming the Head of the Medium Term Bureau of the Macro Economic Policy Directorate and “Director Industrial Policy in the Directorate General for Industry” at the Ministry of Economic Affairs from 1987 to 1989. During those two years, he was also Director of the “BOFEB” (Netherlands), a one - year professional training program for young economists, aspiring for government jobs.

In 1989 he was appointed as Deputy Director General for Foreign Economic relations at the Ministry of Economic Affairs (Netherlands), in 1992 he was appointed as Deputy Director General for Industry at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and from 1992 to 2001 he was appointed as Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

From 2001 until 2005, he was the Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the United Nations in New York. From 2005 to 2008, he was Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the People’s Republic of China and Mongolia, before becoming President of the Executive Board of Delft University of Technology (Netherlands) in 2008.

From 2015 until 2020 he was Chairman Executive Board Sanquin Blood Supply.

Since 2020, Mr. Van den Berg is the President of the Association of Health Insurance Companies in the Netherlands (ZN, Zorgverzekeraars Nederland).

Martin Vial , Board director representing the French state - Member of the Audit Committee

After starting his career as a director of the Postes, Télégraphes et Téléphones (PTT) in the financial management of the Direction Générale des Postes, he joined, in 1986, the Direction du Trésor au ministère de l'Economie et des Finances where he is in charge of the supervision of banking institutions and initial public offering.

In 1988, he was called to the office of the Ministre des Postes et Télécommunications et de l'Espace as a technical advisor and then Deputy Director, where he is responsible for the institutional reform of La Poste and France Telecom.

From 1991 to 1993, he was successively deputy director then director of the cabinet of the Ministre de l'Equipement, du Logement, des Transports et de l'Espace, then was appointed director of the cabinet of the Minister of PTT.

In 1993, Martin Vial was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aéropostale, a joint subsidiary airline of Air France, La Poste and TAT. He was elected in 1996, Chairman of the Chambre Syndicale du Transport Aérien (CSTA) and the Fédération Nationale de l'Aviation Marchande (FNAM).

At the end of 1997, he became Chief Executive Officer of La Poste Group.

In December 2000, he was appointed Chairman of La Poste Group.

At the same time, he is a member of the Supervisory Board (1998) and Vice-Chairman (2002) of the Caisse Nationale de Prévoyance (CNP). From 1999 to 2004, he is also a member of the Economic and Social Council and a member of the Strategic Information Technology Council under the authority of the Prime Minister.

In September 2002, Martin Vial joined the Cour des Comptes as Chief Counsellor.

From 2003 to 2014, he served as Chief Executive Officer of the Europ Assistance Group, a world leader in the assistance market with 44 subsidiaries in 33 countries, and Director and Chief Executive Officer of Europ Assistance Holding. He also chairs several boards of directors of Group companies.

In January 2015 he founded the company Premium Care, a company of assistance to the elderly, with high technological content and delivering a complete offer of remote assistance and home services.

On August 24, 2015, Martin Vial was appointed Commissaire aux participations de l'Etat.

Jian Wang , Director - Member of the Sustainable Development and Compliance Committee

Born on August 18 1973, Jian Wang graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and obtained a Bachelor of Engineering, Master of Business Administration postgraduate degree from East China University of Science and Technology and then an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from Tsinghua University.

Jian Wang began his career in aviation industry in 1995, and has rich experience in corporate governance, strategic investment, capitalization and management. He designed and facilitated a number of capital and strategic projects in China Eastern.

Beginning April 2012, Jian Wang was appointed as corporate secretary and president of Eastern Airlines Industry Investment Co., Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of China Eastern Air Holding Company Limited.

Now Jian Wang is corporate secretary, chairman of Eastern Airlines Industry Investment Co., Ltd and director of Eastern Air Logistics Co., Ltd., a controlling subsidiary of China Eastern Air Holding Company Limited.

Alexander R. Wynaendts , Independant director - Chairman of the Remuneration Committee – Member of the Appointments and governance Committee

Born August 1, 1960, Alex Wynaendts holds an electrical engineering degree from the Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité (1984) and an economics degree from the Université Paris-Sorbonne (1983). He has more than 30 years’ experience of insurance and international finance.

Mr. Wynaendts began his career in banking with ABN AMRO in 1984, where he was responsible for commercial and investment banking operations in Amsterdam and London. Between 1992 and 1997, he held various positions with ABN AMRO in London. In 1997 he joined Aegon within the Group Business Development division. He joined Aegon’s Executive Board in 2003 and was appointed Aegon’s Chief Operating Officer in 2007.

Mr. Wynaendts has been CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Aegon NV(1) from 23 April 2008 to 15 May 2020.

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