ICCA’s board of directors has selected Senthil Gopinath to serve as the organisation’s new CEO.
The board made the selection in a closed-vote process, with Gopinath winning by majority vote. He will begin the new role this month.
"Senthil brings the qualities that we most need in a leader at this juncture," said James Rees, ICCA president. "Throughout his career, he has demonstrated not only that he can establish a vision, but also chart the tactical path to reach that vision, always working from a solid foundation of operational and financial expertise."
Gopinath’s career in the meetings travel industry spans more than 20 years, with 18 years spent working within ICCA member organisations.
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 for placing their confidence in me. ICCA has been a family to me for over two decades."
He joined the ICCA team in 2016 as regional director of ICCA Middle East (ME). In that role, he has forged new relationships with regional governments and industry partners, and grown ICCA ME membership by more than 80%.
Gopinath’s immediate responsibilities will include developing and executing annual business plans, ensuring operational sustainability and careful financial controls, and building ICCA’s global membership and presence with a special focus on developing member services adapted to each of ICCA’s key regions.
He will work from ICCA Head Office in Amsterdam and report to the President and Board of Directors.
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