VMI's CFO, wife perished in Malaysia Airlines crash

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Photo by (Crain News Service photo) Auke Dalstra, CFO of the VMI Group, and his wife Aafke died on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. They were heading toward their holiday destination when the plane was shot down by a missile over Ukraine.

Crain News Service report

EPE, Netherlands (July 28, 2014) — Auke Dalstra, chief financial officer of rubber industry machinery maker VMI Group, and his wife Aafke were on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 shot down over Ukraine and died in the crash on July 17.

The couple was en route to their holiday destination, from Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, according to the VMI Group.

VMI said Mr. Dalstra, 50, was a beloved and well-respected member of its global management board of the VMI Group.

The CFO joined VMI in 2002 as financial director and held several positions within the group. From 2007-09 he was president of VMI Americas Inc., based in Stow, Ohio, near Akron. He was appointed CFO in 2010.

“With his drive, superb intelligence, plain honesty and inspiring leadership, he played a key role for VMI,” the firm said in a news release. “As a warm-hearted and compassionate person, he was confidant and mentor for many employees within the VMI Group.”

The company manufactures a range of machinery, including injection molding machines and equipment for the rubber compound and tire manufacturing industry.

This report appeared on the website of Rubber & Plastics News, an Akron-based sister publication of Tire Business.

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