Former Eneco CEO Ruud Sondag will temporarily manage Schiphol Airport. Schiphol’s supervisory board announced on Friday afternoon that he has been appointed as interim CEO of the airport for the period from 1 November to 1 September next year. The experienced driver succeeds Dick Benschop, who recently announced his departure due to the ongoing problems at Schiphol. Sondag was CEO of Eneco from 2018 to 2020. Under his leadership, the energy company was sold to the Japanese Mitsubishi for more than four billion euros. Before that, he was director of waste processing company Van Gansewinkel for eleven years. Also read: Higher wages and more pleasant schedules for security guards at Schiphol Big challenge Since this spring, Schiphol has been struggling with long lines and travelers who miss their flights. This is partly due to a shortage of security guards and baggage handlers. It was up to Sondag to quickly put things in order. “Schiphol is a great company with a major challenge at the moment,” he says in the press release about his appointment. “I am extremely motivated to get Schiphol back on track together with all employees and stakeholders.” Sondag is leaving his supervisory directorships at ProRail and the Port of Rotterdam Authority in order to be able to fully concentrate on Schiphol. Schiphol recently promised to pay employees of security companies that are active at the airport more and to provide more pleasant schedules in the hope of solving the staff shortages.
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