As from 1 May 2018, Dick Benschop (60) will be the new President of Royal Schiphol Group. He will be leaving Royal Dutch Shell to succeed Jos Nijhuis, who is retiring as head of the airport.
From 1998 to 2002, Benschop was State Secretary for Foreign Affairs in the second Dutch cabinet led by Prime Minister Wim Kok. He later went to work for Royal Dutch Shell, where he fulfilled a number of positions, including as President-director Shell Nederland from 1 May 2011 until 1 January 2016. Before Benschop worked as State Secretary, he worked for 4 years at Schiphol Group in an advisory role.
Louise Gunning, Chair of the Supervisory Board of Royal Schiphol Group: “Given his experience in the public domain, combined with his ample experience in the business world, we are convinced that he will be able to encourage all parties involved to join forces and set the course for the next phase of Schiphol. We believe that he will be able to address the complex challenges of Dutch aviation. It is our conviction that he and his team are capable of further developing the airport smartly, safely and sustainably.”
Benschop commented: “Schiphol is a special place and wonderful company that I have worked for previously. I am really looking forward to the opportunity of leading one of the most dynamic organisations in the Netherlands. Aviation is synonymous with many challenges and opportunities. How can we continue to develop sustainably? How can we find a new balance between nuisance and the economic importance based on trust? Each and every one big issues, which I am looking forward to addressing on behalf of the Netherlands, passengers, airlines and local residents.”