Group Executive Committee
Group Executive Committee
The Group Executive Committee meets every two weeks, alternating between Amsterdam and Paris, in order to determine the Group’s main orientations within the framework of the strategy approved by the Board of Directors.
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.
A graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and the ENSAE School of Economics, Statistics and Finance, he holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the Université de Paris I.
Mr. Gagey began his career at the French Bureau of Statistics (INSEE) and in the Ministry of Finance.
Between September 1994 and April 1997, he held the positions of Vice President Budget and Control at Air Inter. Following the merger between Air Inter and Air France in April 1997, Mr. Gagey was appointed Vice President for privatization and financial communication at Air France.
In June 1999, Mr. Gagey took up the position of financial director.
He joined the KLM management committee on 1st January 2005 before becoming Executive Vice President Financial Affairs KLM N.V.
In 2012, he was appointed Chief Financial Officer at Air France.
A graduate of the Mines Paris Tech, Anne Rigail joined Air Inter in 1991. In 1996, she was appointed in charge of Air France customer services at Paris-Orly. In 1999, she became director of passenger and baggage connections at the Paris-Charles de Gaulle hub, and subsequently head of customer and baggage products for Ground Operations. In 2005, she was appointed to create the Paris-CDG hub operations control centre. She became VP Ground Operations at Paris-Charles de Gaulle in 2009 . In 2013 she became EVP In-flight Services, in charge of Cabin Crew and in 2017 was appointed EVP Customer.
Anne Rigail was appointed CEO of Air France on December 12, 2018.
KLM President & CEO
- KLM COO & KLM Deputy CEO
- SVP Network & Alliances
- VP Network Planning
- General Manager KLM Japan & Korea
- General Manager KLM Mediterranean
- Marfo B.V. (Food)
- Transavia Airlines B.V.
- Advisory Board of The National Aerospace Laboratory of the Netherlands (NLR)
- International Advisory Board of International Institute of Air & Space Law (IIASL)
- College Dutch Aerospace/“Lucht- enRuimtevaart Nederland” (LRN)
1981: junior executive in the Sudameris Bank
1982: Air France, junior executive in the Business Intelligence Department of the Scheduling Division
1984: Sales Manager for Italy
1988 - 1992: Personal Assistant to the Chairman
1992: General Manager for Switzerland, Austria and Central Europe, based in Geneva
1993: Vice President for Europe and North Africa, reporting to the Deputy CEO International Affairs
1994: Deputy Senior Vice President for Europe, followed by Senior Vice President in 1995
1996: Senior Vice President Air France Europe in charge of international sales
1998: Executive Vice President International Sales
2008: Chairman and CEO of Servair
2013: Executive Vice President - International and the Netherlands
On July 1st 2013, he is appointed Executive Vice-President Commercial, Sales and Marketing.
Pieter D. Bootsma (Netherlands, 1969) is Executive Vice President Commercial & Revenue for Air France KLM. In this capacity he is responsible for the development and implementation of worldwide network and pricing and revenue management strategy for the group AF/KL. Mr Bootsma is managing various joint venture and alliance activities of the group (Delta, China Southern, Etihad/Alitalia, Kenya Airways). Besides this, his scope includes responsibility for the group’s commercial distribution, worldwide sales and service centres and commercial innovation thru system development.
Mr Bootsma was nominated in KLM’s Executive Committee in 2011. Since
January 2013 Mr Bootsma has been nominated as member of the Air France KLM Executive Committee
Mr Bootsma graduated from the Technical University of Twente (Business Engineering & Management Science, Applied Mathematics, 1992) and holds a PhD in Business Engineering & Management Science (Airline Flight Schedule Development, analysis and design tools for European hinterland hubs, Technical University of Twente, 1997). He is an alumnus of Columbia University, New York (TGM, 2004). He was board member of Airline Tariff Publishing Company (ATPCO, Washington, USA from 2004 until 2009).
Mr Bootsma has joined KLM in 1995 and worked in the area of network planning and schedule development until 2000. Then he joined Pricing & Revenue Management, first being responsible for Europe (2000), later for the North Atlantic NW/KL JV (2003) and as of June 2004, he holds worldwide responsibility for KLM’s Pricing & Revenue Management activities. In 2008 he was appointed as first responsible for both Air France and KLM in the area of Pricing & Revenue Management. In April 2011, he became responsible for Marketing, Revenue Management and Network (MRN) for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.
Since 2013 he holds similar responsibilities for the Air France KLM Group, including various commercially strategic relevant activities.
With a diploma in engineering, a post-graduate diploma in business management and another in management studies, Anne Brachet began her career as quality manager at Delpeyrat. She then moved to Servair, an Air France group subsidiary specialized in catering and airport ground services, where between 1994 and 1998 she was successively Head of Operations and Head of Sales, Overseas Airlines. She subsequently worked for Orgaconseil as a Senior Manager in the Industry and Services sector, returning once more to work for the Air France Group in 2000. After heading up the Aircraft supply chain until May 2004, she was subsequently appointed to run the Le Bourget Maintenance Centre, where she was mostly involved with Through Life support for the French Air Force's fleet of AWACS surveillance aircraft, and with Special Fleets, and Aerostructures maintenance.
In June 2005, Anne Brachet was appointed Head of the Air France Industries Engine Overhaul Division and has helped oversee major industrial development projects such as the integration of new generation products (GE90 and GP7200) and the construction of new maintenance facilities, including the Constellation engine shop at Orly, and Zephyr, the new engine test cell, at Roissy-CDG.
In December 2012, she was appointed SVP Engineering and Airframe for AFI, before taking the helm at Air France Industries in 2013.
In November 2016, she was appointed Executive Vice President Air France-KLM Engineering & Maintenance.
Angus Clarke, 44, has 18 years’ experience in the air transport industry. He has developed an expertise in finance and in assessing the performance of companies operating in the air transport sector.
From 2016 to 2018, he was special advisor to the Air Canada Chief Operating Officer on subjects regarding operational and economic performance. Between 2007 and 2015, Angus Clarke was Managing Director and CEO of Bluepoint Aviation, a mid-life aircraft and engine leasing and financing company. From 2004 to 2006, he was Head of Corporate Strategy at Qantas Airways.
Angus Clarke holds a Master of Science with a specialization in air transport management from Cranfield University in the UK, and a Bachelor of Arts from New South Wales University in Australia.
Since February 1, 2019 he is appointed Executive Vice President Strategy of the Air France-KLM group
In January 2015, René de Groot was appointed Chief Operating Officer of KLM. In this capacity, he is responsible for managing KLM's Passenger Activity.
In 2012, he was appointed Senior Vice President Operations at KLM Engineering & Maintenance.
From 1990 to 2012, René de Groot was a pilot for KLM. He was actively involved in the Dutch Airline Pilots Association, Vereniging van Nederlandse Verkeersvliegers, serving as its chairman for four years and member of the board for eleven years.
He has led numerous assignments in the area of information systems architecture and technologies within the Alcatel group, Sema group and subsequently at Ernst & Young consultants. At the time of Ernst & Young’s merger with Cap Gemini in 2000, he occupied several executive functions within Cap Gemini France.
In 2004, he joined Air France-KLM as assistant to the Group’s general manager of information systems. He oversaw IT strategy and contributed to the integration of the Air France and KLM information systems.
Anne-Sophie Le Lay holds a law degree from the Paris Bar and a Master's degree in Business Law and Real Estate Law.
She began her professional career in 1996 as a lawyer specializing in Business Law and Real Estate Law in Paris. She then moved to Toronto (Canada) where she worked as a consultant in a law firm.
In 2001, she joined the Legal Department of the Renault Group, initially responsible for the legal assembly of the sale of land at the former Billancourt plant. In 2007, she took charge of the environmental law, energy and real estate division. A year later, she was in charge of the Euromed region. In this capacity, she was part of the negotiating team with the Kingdom of Morocco for the implementation of the Tangiers plant. At the same time, she led transversal topics related to the Group's international development.
From 2011 to February 2018 she was Legal Director of the Renault Group within the framework of the development of the Renault-Nissan Alliance.
Anne-Sophie Le Lay is also Vice-President of the Montesquieu Circle, Association of Legal Directors and within this framework is Pedagogical Director of the Executive Master General Counsel, in partnership with Science Po Paris.
Anne-Sophie Le Lay has joined the Group on February 20, 2018 as General Secretary of Air France-KLM and Air France
Marcel de Nooijer, 48 years old, holds a Business Administration and Management Degree from the Erasmus University (Rotterdam) and a Master of Science in Geology from Utrecht University.
He joined KLM in 1995 and gained operational and commercial experience working at various positions at KLM, and its cargo division, as well as at Air France-KLM.
He was appointed General Manager South-East Asia and South-West Pacific at KLM from 2000 to 2003, Vice President EMEA KLM Cargo from 2003 to 2006, and Vice President Europe Air France-KLM Cargo from 2006 to 2009.
He subsequently took up the position of Vice President Commercial Europe and North Africa Air France-KLM from 2009 to 2012.
In 2013, Marcel de Nooijer was appointed as Managing Director at Martinair Holland and member of the KLM executive committee. Since November 2013, he has been Executive Vice President KLM Cargo.