QUEBEC CITY, October 2, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ Optosecurity, a world leader in checkpoint security productivity solutions, announced today that Mr. Ad Rutten, former COO of Schiphol Airport, has joined their Board of Directors.
Mr. Rutten has more than 30 years of experience in the aviation industry, serving in many senior roles within the Schiphol Group as well as sitting on the Board of ACI Europe and ACI World.
“We are thrilled that Mr. Rutten has agreed to join our Board of Directors,” commented Eric Bergeron, CEO of Optosecurity. “There are very few people with Ad Rutten’s level of experience, leadership and global insight in all aspects of airports, airlines, and security. We are extremely fortunate to have him as part of our Board.”
Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, was one of the very first airports in the world to adopt centralized screening of passenger cabin baggage. It is a premier customer and development partner of Optosecurity.
Mr. Rutten is a veteran of the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps and joined Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam in 1979. In 1996, Mr. Rutten left Schiphol to become CEO of a large logistics company in the Benelux and three years later returned to the aviation industry as EVP Ground Services for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. He would later go on to become Executive Director for the Engineering and Maintenance division of KLM in 2002. Mr. Rutten returned to Schiphol Group in 2005 as COO, a post from which he retired in 2014.
Mr. Rutten is a former Chair of ACI Europe (2009-11) and holds a Masters in Dutch Law from the University of Amsterdam. At his departure from Schiphol Airport Ad Rutten was knighted on behalf of the King of the Netherlands in recognition for his contribution to the Dutch and International aviation community.
About Optosecurity Inc. - Headquartered in Canada, Optosecurity Inc. is a leader in operational efficiency and threat detection for checkpoint security in airports and other critical infrastructures. Optosecurity’s eVelocity software suite is the first in the world to enable centralized remote screening of hand luggage, redefining airport security paradigms and economics, demonstrating proven savings and productivity enhancements. Optosecurity’s automated threat detection software also enables liquid explosives detection in a cost-efficient way and is certified by European civil aviation authorities.