Board of Directors

The Board of Directors determines the direction of the Group's activities and ensures their implementation. Its mandate is to work with General Management to ensure smooth company operations in line with the opinions and recommendations of its specialized committees.

As of May 20, 2014 the Board of Directors comprises 14 members:

  • 11 directors appointed by the Shareholders' Meeting (including 2 representatives of the employee shareholders)
  • 3 representatives of the French State appointed by ministerial order

The Board of Directors operates in accordance with the governance principles in France as presented in the AFEP-MEDEF Corporate Governance Code in particular, the duration of Board directors' terms of office is four years and the renewal of Board director mandates is staggered to facilitate the smooth renewal of the Board of Directors.

Organization of the Board of Directors as of May 20, 2014

Name Date of birth Principal position
Alexandre de Juniac November 10, 1962 Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Air France-KLM
Peter F.Hartman April 3, 1949 Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors 
Maryse Aulagnon* April 19, 1949 Chief Executive Officer, Affine
Isabelle Bouillot*  May 5, 1949  Chairman of China Equity Links 
Régine Brehier (Representative of the French State)  December 10, 1960  Director of Maritime Affairs - Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy
Jean-Dominique Comolli (Representative of the French State)  April 25, 1948  Honorary Civil Service Administrator 
Jean-François Dehecq* January 1, 1940 Vice-Chairman of the National Industry Council
Jaap de Hoop Scheffer  April 3, 1948  Kooijmanchair for Peace, Justice and Security (Leiden University, Netherlands) 
Cornelis J.A van Lede* November 21, 1942 Director of Air Liquide and member of the Supervisory Board of Philips Electronics
Solenne Lepage (Representative of the French State)  February 7, 1972  Deputy Director in charge of Transport and Audiovisual matters at the French Treasury State Holdings Agency - Ministry of Economy and Finance 
Christian Magne (Representative of the ground staff and cabin crews) August 20, 1952 Finance Executive
Isabelle Parize*  June 16, 1957  Chair of the Nocibé Executive Board 
Louis Jobard (Representative of flight deck crew) August 19, 1959 Flight Captain, Boeing 747-400
Leo M. van Wijk October 18, 1946 Chairman of SkyTeam

*Directors considered to be independent

Given its ownership structure (notably the French State and employees) and the specific rules governing the appointment of a number of its Board Directors, Air France-KLM does not comply in full with the AFEF-MEDEF Code guidelines with regard to the proportion of independent directors within the Board of Directors and the Audit Committee. In effect, in the light of the criteria stipulated by the AFEP-MEDEF Code, 6 directors can be considered independent in that none of these directors has a relationship with the company, the Group or its management that could color his or her judgement.

Given the above, half the members of the audit committee and all the members of the appointments and remuneration committees can be considered independent.
The Board considered that all the Board Directors had competences and professional experience that are useful to the company, whether or not they are considered to be independent in the light of the AFEP-MEDEF criteria.

Internal regulations of the Board of Directors

On June 17, 2004, the Board of Directors adopted the internal regulations inspired by the Bouton and Viénot reports. In addition to the limitations on the powers of the Chief Executive Officer, these internal regulations specify the terms for the organization and functioning of the Board and establish the prerogatives and duties of the Board of Directors in terms of the rules on reporting, disclosure, confidentiality and conflicts of interest. They also determine the powers of each of the specialized committees established within the Board.

The internal regulations are regularly updated and were modified by the Board of Directors meeting of November 9, 2011 in order, notably, to:

  • specify the make-up, role and responsibilities of the Audit Committee, in order to align them with French law following the implementation of the European Directive n° 2006/43/EC of 17 May 2006;
  • set out certain aspects involving compliance with good conduct rules on stock market trading applying to Air France-KLM Board members.

On October 17, 2011, the Board of Directors decided to reunify the functions of Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer.

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