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Senthil Gopinath is new CEO of meetings association ICCA

Senthil Gopinath is the new CEO of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), the global group of meetings professionals based in the Netherlands.

Gopinath’s appointment is the result of a long process of recruitment undertaken by a Brussels-based executive search company following the sacking of Martin Sirk, in June 2018, but he was already employed by the association.

He has been the Dubai-based Middle East Regional Director for the past three years but has been involved with ICCA for more than two decades as an employee of Emirates, Kuoni Travel and the Sri Lanka Convention Bureau.

ICCA HQ staff were informed today (Thursday) shortly before a missive was despatched to all 1,200-plus members of the organisation.

ICCA President James Rees said: “It was an interesting journey which revealed more about Gopinath than we had previously known and we are delighted with the appointment.”

Gopinath said: “I am truly honoured to be appointed for such a prestigious position in one of the global meetings industry’s leading organisations. I take this opportunity to sincerely thank the President and Board of Directors of ICCA in placing their confidence in me. ICCA has been a family to me for over two decades. I have always cherished my involvement with ICCA and now being at the helm will enable me to listen more closely to our members and key stakeholders, and service them in a more enhanced manner, making ICCA more relevant to the global membership. Together with the ICCA team, we will work on the transformation of ICCA.”

The appointment is effective immediately and Gopinath will relocate to Amsterdam as soon as possible.