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KLM general counsel Leslie Mooyaart has been made redundant following a reorganisation of the Dutch airline's head office function.
An internal KLM source told The Lawyer that Mooyaart's departure follows a consolidation of three of the airline's departments: government and industry affairs, legal affairs and secretariat. He said the move was part of a cost-cutting exercise. "Mr Mooyaart's departure is not related to his performance," he added.
No other lawyers in the 18-strong legal affairs department have been made redundant, but the source said this had not been ruled out.
KLM is currently in the throes of a merger with Air France, but the source denied that Mooyaart's redundancy is related to the tie-up. "As long as [KLM] has a large operation in The Netherlands, it will be sensible for it to have a Dutch legal team," he said.
Allen & Overy, which was appointed as KLM's lead legal adviser in May, is expected to continue to act for the airline on the merger.
Mooyaart has been replaced by KLM's senior vice-president of government and industry affairs Jan Ernst de Groot, who has also been appointed as company secretary. Mooyaart's destination is unknown.