New CEO to ‘work on the transformation of ICCA’

(L-R) ICCA president James Rees and new CEO Senthil Gopinath.

ICCA’s new CEO Senthil Gopinath said he will “work on the transformation of ICCA”.

Gopinath was previously the regional director of ICCA Middle East. Gopinath’s selection marked the end of a process that began in October last year and attrcated more than 100 applicants for the position.

“I am truly honoured to be appointed for such a prestigious position in one of the global meetings industry’s leading organisations,” he said. “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.”

ICCA president and executive director of ExCeL London, James Rees, said Gopinath brings the qualities “that we most need in a leader at this juncture”.

“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,” Rees said.

“I am delighted that ICCA is now in a position to move forward with its new CEO Senthil Gopinath. However, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Interim CEO Dennis Speet for his incredible work over the past ten months to help the Board of Directors lay firm foundations for ICCA’s future growth.”