As you may already know, Robin Wicks will shortly be stepping down as Director General as his one-year contract to manage the restructuring of the Confederation comes to an end. Robin has achieved much during his tenure and the Confederation is now well set for a successful phase of expansion. One of Robin’s responsibilities was to help us appoint a Director General who will give continuity and implement the five-year plan that will be presented at the AGM at WYSTC in Barcelona, and I am delighted to announce that Espen Falkenhaug has been appointed as Robin’s successor.
Espen is a Norwegian national who has lived in Amsterdam for over 20 years. After an early career in the hospitality industry, including managing a large hotel in central Amsterdam, Espen launched EMF Global, a company which specialised in advising companies on all aspects of online business strategy. Subsequently he merged his business to form e-Brand Services for which he has most recently been running their European business whilst developing the North American market.
Espen joins us as Director General on September 1st and will work alongside Robin for the month of September. He is very excited at the challenges and opportunities ahead. I know that he is looking forward to meet as many of you as possible at WYSTC in Barcelona.