Former Royal Dutch Shell executive Dick Benschop has been named as the next President and CEO of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport operator Royal Schiphol Group.
Benschop, who takes up his new position May 1, succeeds Jos Nijhuis, who was scheduled to retire March 31 but will stay on through April 30. Further, Nijhuis will continue with Royal Schiphol Group through July 1 to ensure a smooth handover to Benschop.
In addition to his time with Shell, Benschop was the Dutch secretary of state for foreign affairs from 1998 to 2002. Prior to that, he spent four years with Schiphol Group in an advisory role.