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VMI's CFO, wife perish in Malaysia Airlines crash

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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.

EPE, Netherlands—Auke Dalstra, chief financial officer of the VMI Group, and his wife, Aafke, were on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 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 Auke Dalstra was a beloved and well respected member of its global management board of the VMI Group. He was 50 years old.

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., headquartered in Stow, Ohio. 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.”