Birgit Otto (50) has been appointed the new Executive Vice President & Chief Operations Officer of the Schiphol Group Management Board with effect from 1 September, 2014. She will be succeeding Ad Rutten, who has held this position since 2005 and will be retiring on this date.
Birgit Otto is currently the Director of Airport Operations and has been at Schiphol Group since 2001, having previously worked at Nedlloyd.
Since joining Schiphol in 1979, Ad Rutten has occupied various positions, including General Airside Manager and General Manager of the Terminal. From 1999 to 2005 he was Executive Vice President of KLM, where he was responsible for Ground Services and Engineering & Maintenance.
'We are pleased to have Birgit Otto joining our team', says Jos Nijhuis, 'She has built up a wealth of experience during her career at Schiphol and proven her ability to lead the airport's complex operations. We feel her to be a worthy successor to Ad Rutten. We are extremely grateful to Ad Rutten for his vital contribution to the development of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in particular and of the Dutch aviation sector in general'.
As from 1 September, the Schiphol Group Management Board will consist of Jos Nijhuis (CEO), Els de Groot (CFO), Maarten de Groof (CCO) and Birgit Otto (COO).