THE CEO of Netherlands Railways (NS), Ms Marjan Rintel, has announced she will resign from her position on July 1 to take up the role of CEO of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, where she has worked previously.

Rintel joined NS eight years ago as director for operations and became the first female CEO of NS on October 1 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I have worked with heart and soul for eight years at this wonderful Dutch company, a company that stems from 180 years of railway history and where generation after generation has worked to make and keep our country reliably accessible,” Rintel says. “Currently, more than 20,000 employees are committed to sustainable mobility and quality of life every day. At KLM I will continue working on the same goals. And I will be committed to a long-lasting cooperation with NS, as I know better than anyone that blue (the corporate colour of KLM) and yellow (corporate colour of NS) fit very well together.”

“We are sad that Marjan is to leave,” says Mr Gerard van de Aast, chairman of the NS supervisory board. “She has been committed to our company. In autumn 2020 she started her position as CEO, when Covid was in full swing and hitting the country. Among other things, Marjan has ensured that NS was able to stand the crisis well and can look ahead to the future again.”

The supervisory board will immediately start the search for a new CEO. If a successor has not been appointed before Rintel leaves, the current CFO Mr Bert Groenewegen will act as interim CEO.