Ruud Sondag will be the new CEO of Royal Schiphol Group as of 1 November . The Supervisory Board appoints him ad interim until August 2023. He forms the Schiphol Group management team together with Robert Carsouw (Chief Financial Officer, CFO) and Hanne Buis (Chief Operating Officer, COO).
The procedure for a definitive successor was started by the Supervisory Board immediately after Dick Benschop announced his resignation. This process obviously takes some time and continues. The Supervisory Board does not want to lose any time in these challenging times for Schiphol and considers it necessary to quickly appoint an Interim CEO who can take on the day-to-day management of Schiphol. The priority here is to bring the operational processes at Schiphol quickly and thoroughly to the level that passengers and airlines can expect. He will therefore remain until the end of the summer period . Jaap Winter, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Royal Schiphol Group: “We are very pleased that Ruud Sondag will temporarily fill the position of CEO of Royal Schiphol Group. With his knowledge and experience of complex and labour-intensive organizations, Ruud is the right person for this interim position. This will enable him to make an important contribution to solving Schiphol’s operational challenges. He is a strategist with a broad logistics background and strong operational execution power who has successfully led organizations in transition. Ruud Sondag also has a proven sustainability profile that is in line with Schiphol’s ambition to accelerate sustainability and reduce the burden on the environment.”
Ruud Sondag is a member of the Supervisory Board at ProRail, among others. and the Port of Rotterdam Authority. He is relinquishing these positions in order to be able to fully focus on Schiphol. Previously, he was CEO of energy company Eneco and chairman of the supervisory board of Vebego. He was also CEO of Van Gansewinkel Groep for more than ten years and a major shareholder of Van Scherpenzeel Groep. Both companies focus on sustainable collection and recycling, energy and water. Ruud Sondag: “Schiphol is a great company currently facing a major challenge. I am extremely motivated to get Schiphol back on track together with all employees and stakeholders. Structural improvement is essential for the traveller, for airlines and for the Netherlands.”
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Ruud Sunday is not available for interviews at this time. For the time being, he will focus entirely on the organization and his work.