KLM chief executive Peter Hartman is to retire in January 2014, the airline has confirmed to Flightglobal. Details of his successor have yet to be announced.
Hartman became chief executive of KLM in 2007, having been promoted from deputy chief executive and chief operations officer to succeed Leo van Wijk.
He joined KLM in 1973 as an engineering and maintenance controller, becoming ground services vice-president in 1989 and senior customer services vice-president in 1990.
Since then he has held vice-president roles responsible for personnel and organisation, and engineering and maintenance. He was appointed to the KLM board of managing directors in 1997.