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14/10/2016 - AFI KLM E&M Bolsters Management With New Focus On Innovation

Three new appointments to the Executive Committee, including that of a Vice President Digital & Innovation, reflect AFI KLM E&M's strategic acceleration in support of new-generation aircraft fleets and digital innovation applied to aircraft maintenance.

Paris, Amstelveen, 14 October 2016 - Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) has set its official seal on the appointments of Vincent Metz as Director Strategy, Robert Pruim as Vice President Procurement, and of Rodolphe Parisot as Vice President Digital & Innovation. All three will sit on the AIR FRANCE KLM Engineering & Maintenance Executive Committee.

Speeding the shift to digital technologies
The appointment of Rodolphe Parisot as Vice President Digital & Innovation highlights the Group's determination to position itself as a leading player for the new technologies, innovations, and new generation products on the global MRO market. Rodolphe Parisot will be tasked with maximizing innovation and digitization capabilities throughout the AFI KLM E&M network, and to transform them into drivers of efficiency and high performance on behalf of Group activities for the benefit of its customers.
Rodolphe Parisot graduated from the Ecole des Mines de Paris, and holds a Ph.D in Material Science as well as an Executive MBA in General Management (ESSEC / Mannheim University). With a 15-year track record in aviation, he has occupied a number of key positions within Air France Industries, where, since 2013, he had been Chief Operating Officer, Engine Services. At the time of his appointment, he said: "Digital technologies present a very fine challenge to a leading MRO like AFI KLM E&M. I will make it my business to further strengthen our cutting-edge position in this sphere and explore this new digital territory to develop ever more innovative solutions that will improve services for our client fleets and their overall performance."

Experienced aviation professionals in key positions
Appointed Vice President Procurement AIR FRANCE KLM Engineering & Maintenance, Robert Pruim has occupied a number of positions of responsibility within the Group. Holding a Master's degree in Mathematics (Numeric Analysis & Informatics) obtained at Utrecht University, he started out in 1986 as manager of the KLM Passenger Operations Training Centre. He moved to the Engineering & Maintenance sector in 2000 as head of the Line Maintenance Production Unit. After heading up International Sales as part of the joint AFI KLM E&M sales organization, he had been appointed Vice President Strategy AFI KLM E&M.
Robert Pruim said, "In an ultra-competitive MRO environment, procurement and the supply chain are playing an increasingly strategic role at AFI KLM E&M as drivers of economic performance and responsiveness for the benefit of its clients throughout its global MRO network."

Appointed Director Strategy AFI KLM E&M, Vincent Metz graduated from Eindhoven University of Technology with a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management Science. He started out at KLM E&M in 1997 as Logistics Manager. After a stint as head of KLM E&M's Middle East & Asia Line Maintenance Department, he was notably involved in the first manager exchange between AIR FRANCE and KLM in the wake of the merger between the two groups. Following a subsequent move to the AIR FRANCE KLM Passenger Division, he returned to the Engineering & Maintenance sector, becoming Director Business Development at AFI KLM E&M in April 2016.
Vincent Metz said: "I am embarking on this task with enthusiasm, convinced of the importance of constantly renewed and challenged strategic thinking in order to cement AFI KLM E&M's development and performance over the long term, especially at a time when our industry has to simultaneously adjust to a very high level of global competition and to multiple major technological breakthroughs."

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