Current SVP Operations at KLM E&M to take over from Peter de Swert on 1 February 2012.
Paris, Amstelveen, 27 January 2012 - Antonius ("Ton") Dortmans has been appointed Executive Vice President of KLM Engineering & Maintenance. He will take up his new duties on 1 February, succeeding Peter de Swert.
Close to 30 years' experience in aviation
Mr. Dortmans joined KLM on August 1st 1985. From 1985 until 1996, he occupied several positions within the KLM Engineering & Maintenance division. He started at Engineering and was successively in charge for the specification and acceptation of introducing the, at that time, new Boeing 747-400 aircraft. Next to that he was Manager of the hangars in the total conversion project of two commercial Martinair DC-10 aircraft into KDC-10 refueling tankers for the Royal Dutch Airforce. Subsequently he moved to the Ground Services Division for three years, were he was responsible for the redesign of the Ground Handling processes. In 1998 he changed position towards the Flight Operations division. His first position was Director Flight Planning & Dispatch. From 2000 on he was Vice President Air Traffic Management. Next to that he was deputy Executive Vice President Flight Operations. In 2005, he occupied the position of Senior Vice President Operations Control Center in the Passenger division. In December 2008, Mr. Dortmans returned to KLM E&M, since when he has been Senior Vice President Operations and Deputy EVP and responsible for all Maintenance, Repair and overhaul done on aircrafts, components, engines and engineering activities.
Mr. Dortmans is board member for both EPCOR b.v. and KLM UK Engineering ltd. and was part of different committees in which also the Schiphol Airport Group, Air Traffic Control Netherlands and the government participate. He also represented KLM in a committee called Regional Consultation Schiphol (CROS). This committee, including residents around Schiphol, has the goal to reduce noise nuisance together with the economical growth of Schiphol Airport.
New mission at the head of KLM E&M
Mr. Dortmans says he is "very proud to be given this chance within KLM E&M and to become a winning AFI KLM E&M team together with Franck Terner, President Air France Industries, in the MRO industry". His priorities for the coming months will be, "To maintain the customer appreciation at the level our customers are expecting of AFI KLM E&M and also to continue our good track record on operational performance. Additionally we need to continue to grow our capabilities, develop new repairs and assure our worldwide presence".