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IELA elects new leadership at General Assembly

The International Exhibition Logistics Association (IELA) has elected a new chairman and four new exhibition logistics leaders to its Board of Management (BOM). Three Women leaders were elected to head the ‘IELA Strategy in the NEW NOW’ project. 

Lena Widman joins the IELA Committee and Guido Fornelli was elected as 2020-2022 IELA chairman.

IELA 2020-2021 Board of Management:

The newly-formed IELA 2020-2021 BOM welcomes four new faces this year for a two-year term. The following individuals are all recognised leaders in the exhibition logistics industry and already involved in the association’s activities:

  • Matthias Dornscheidt, vice-president global fairs & exhibitions - Schenker Deutschland AG, Germany
  • Alexandra Erdmann, CEO - Swiss Expo Logistics Ltd., Switzerland
  • Daniel Mithran, director - JIM Project & Expo Logistics (M) Sdn. Bhd, Malaysia
  • Jacqui Nel, director - EF-GSM South Africa, South Africa

Insight and support will also be provided by the following two members who have been re-elected for a two-year term:

  • Guido Fornelli, managing director - Expotrans S.p.A., Italy
  • Christoph Rauch, managing director - BTG Messe-Spedition GmbH, Germany

BOM members remaining for one more year are:

  • Mariane Ewbanks, director of Fulstandig Shows e Eventos MC Ltda, Brazil
  • Jim Kelty, Airways Freight Corporation, USA
  • Emmanuel Pitchelu, director of E.S.I. Expo Services International, France
  • Sandi Trotter, director of TWI Group Inc. (Canada), Canada

Guido Fornelli was also elected as the new chairman for a period of two years. He has been involved with the Association since 1992 and joined the IELA BOM for the first time in 2003. He said he looked forward to starting work with the new elected Board. “It is amazing to see that distance didn’t dampen, but even increased, our enthusiasm for involvement and participation in IELA life during the last months.

“The Digital Assembly and e-mail vote are definitely an experience of a new kind this year. I strongly hope we’ll not need to repeat it in the future!”

He added: “I can assure you that myself, the IELA Board and Elizabeth’s Team are restless to continue on project development and to deliver the value we all need to overcome the Pandemic with new ideas, new tools and new platforms for the new era.”

The 2020-2021 IELA Committee:

During the General Assembly, Lena Widman, MD - On-Site Exhibitions AB, Sweden, was elected a new committee member, joining Greg Keh, COO of TWI Group Inc., USA and Ravinder Sethi, MD of R.E. Rogers India Pvt. Ltd., India., to form the 2020-2021 IELA Committee.

Elizabeth Niehaus, executive officer of IELA confirmed:

“The NEW NOW poses new challenges to the event value chain. The exhibition and event industry is a truly global industry made of resilient, creative and strong people. It’s the People factor which is the answer to all new threats. A great example is the new IELA Board of Management, ready to take decisive actions and launch a formal transformation programme for the association.

“We are particularly proud that women leaders make up 40% of management. They will be a source of inspiration to ignite IELA activities from another perspective, bringing their fresh input, ideas and initiatives to drive IELA into the future.

“The IELA trademark stands for excellence and cohesion in the industry. IELA is committed to the industry and to its members and is determined to actively promote the paramount role of events and exhibitions for all economies worldwide more than ever.”

IELA works with venue owners, organisers and national associations educating, training and sharing expertise for safe and secure operations around the world. The IELA brand is currently represented by 168 members and 29 affiliates in 56 countries.

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