Sebastiaan Scholte to leave Jan de Rijk in July

Sebastiaan Scholte

Jan de Rijk Logistics chief executive Sebastiaan Scholte is to leave the European trucker in July, to pursue new opportunities.

“We appreciate Sebastiaan’s contributions in helping to grow the company in a profitable way during his nine-year tenure”, said  Jan and Jacqueline de Rijk, owners of the Netherlands-based air cargo road feeder specialist.

Willem Heeren, president of the Jan de Rijk supervisory board, said: “Sebastiaan has been an enthusiastic driving force in positioning the company and instrumental to the company’s success. 

“I would like to thank him personally for his part in transforming Jan de Rijk Logistics. We all wish Sebastiaan the very best.”

Heeren confirmed that Scholte will be available to assist with the transition through to July 1. Scholte will also step down as chairman of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) following his departure from Jan de Rijk.

Scholte of Jan de Rijk: “It has been a great place to work and the decision to leave was not an easy one. I do truly believe, however, that Jan de Rijk’s best days are still ahead and that the company will go from strength to strength with the strategy we have developed and the exceptional talent we have in place.”

Scholte continued: “Jan de Rijk Logistics has an excellent team, a strong business model and has seen continuous growth in sales and results over the last nine years I have been part of this great company. 

“I would like to thank all my colleagues, customers, partners and the Board for all their support and faith in me over the years.  I am excited to pursue new opportunities and I remain fully committed to ensuring a smooth transition.”

Jan de Rijk Logistics, with a fleet of 1,000 vehicles across Europe, confirmed that it has started the search for a new chief executive and hopes to announce a replacement “in the coming months”.

TIACA said that its vice chairman, Steven Polmans, head of cargo and logistics at Brussels Airport, will become chairman in July, a few months earlier than planned, at TIACA’s Annual General Meeting  in Budapest in November.


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