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20/03/2014 - Johan Bank Appointed Vice President Engineering, KLM Engineering & Maintenance

Black Belt Lean Six Sigma engineer Johan Bank has 30 years' experience in aviation.

Paris, Amstelveen, 20 March 2014 - Johan Bank, Director MRO, KLM Engine Services since 2007, has been appointed Vice President Engineering, KLM E&M.

With a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical engineering from the HTS engineering school in Haarlem and a Master's degree in Energy Production, Johan Bank began his professional career at KLM Flight Operations as a flight engineer on Douglas DC10s. Subsequently, from 1993 to 2003, he became a flight engineer on Boeing 747s. In 2003, he moved to KLM's Engineering and Maintenance Division to oversee implementation of Lean Six Sigma projects. For four years he worked as a Lean Six Sigma "Black Belt" in all areas of aircraft maintenance, from components, to engines, and airframes.

From 2007 he was Director MRO at KLM Engineering & Maintenance's Engines Division, tasked with overseeing all production processes and steering the implementation of Six Sigma methodology. Under his leadership, the Division cut CFM56 engine overhaul shop time from 85 to 60 days.

Commenting on his appointment, Johan Bank said: "I am honoured to be given these new responsibilities within KLM. I shall strive to place at its disposal all the Engineering and Six Sigma skills and knowledge I have acquired over a period of 30 years working with KLM E&M."

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