ICCA responds to Martin Sirk's departure

The board has issued a formal statement and announced Dennis Speet as interim CEO.

Nina Freysen-Pretorius, ICCA president
Nina Freysen-Pretorius, ICCA president

ICCA has issued an official letter responding to the departure of its CEO Martin Sirk. The letter also announces that Dennis Speet will act as interim CEO after Sirk leaves his position at the end of July.

The Board plans to issue a formal CEO job description and call for applicants by October, with a view to have secured ICCA’s new CEO by no later than March of next year.

"It was only after lengthy deliberation that the Board unanimously conceded now is the right time to welcome new leadership to the organisation," said Nina Freysen-Pretorius, ICCA president.

Pretorius pointed to the challenges ahead for the organisation including a greater need for alliances, technology and GDPR.

"We believe that best navigating these 21st century changes and many others – challenges as well as the opportunities they’ll represent – will require from ICCA a new level of organisational agility and responsiveness, and that achieving that requires from our CEO different skill sets and fresh perspective informed by different experience."

Speet’s responsibilities will be to ensure continuity of ICCA operations and steady progress on initiatives, events and developing relationships already in place.

 "While this was in no way an easy decision to arrive at, we know that it is the right decision for the members, partners and other stakeholders whose interests ICCA exists to serve," said Freysen-Pretorius.

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