Esmé Valk to succeed Heleen Kuijten as director of Human Resources at Royal Schiphol Group
As of 1 September 2021, Esmé Valk will be director of Human Resources at Royal Schiphol Group. She succeeds Heleen Kuijten, who has decided to leave Royal Schiphol Group.
I'm proud of the fact that Esmé's appointment means we have someone from our own ranks to succeed Heleen. During our reorganisation Project Reset, Esmé - as both HR Business Partner and project manager - demonstrated her ability to connect and create support in challenging times for aviation. I understand Heleen's decision and want to express my gratitude for her time at Schiphol. Heleen has professionally developed Human Resources at Schiphol and has put themes like transformation, talent development and inclusivity very much on the map. She always did that in a spirited, lively way.
Dick Benschop, President and CEO of Royal Schiphol Group
It feels like an exciting but also logical step. Over the past years, Heleen has given me a lot of space to grow and it's a remarkable feeling to be her successor. I am looking forward to working with the Human Resources team at a time when aviation and the economy appear to be picking up again. This presents all kinds of opportunities and challenges in the area of Human Resources. I will be getting to work on this with great pleasure and a lot of energy.
These have been 14 wonderful and special years at Schiphol - the word 'rollercoaster' only partially describes them. I fondly look back on the contact I had with all Schiphol employees, working with the Works Council and the unions, and most of all, working with my HR top team. Schiphol is in good shape after the reorganisation. The conclusion of Project Reset is also the opportune moment for my time at Schiphol to draw to a close. I am happy that people can and want to fly again. With all those Schiphol employees making that possible every day - that's what really made me happy these past years. I'm going to miss it. I am very pleased to have Esmé as my successor. She has proven herself up to the task and I wish her a lot of luck and enjoyment.