by Lisa A. Grimaldi | April 05, 2019
The International Congress and Convention Association has announced the appointment of a new CEO, Senthil Gopinath, capping a search that began last October following the summer 2018 departure of former CEO Martin Sirk. Gopinath has been serving as the association's Middle East regional director.
"Senthil brings the qualities that we most need in a leader at this juncture," said James Rees, executive director of ExCeL London and president of the ICCA board of directors. "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."
 
An ICCA release praised Gopinath as an advocate for the strategic development of the global meetings industry for two decades and for his successful role in helming ICCA Middle East, where he forged new relationships with regional governments and industry partners, and grew ICCA ME membership by more than 80 percent.
 
In his new role, Gopinath will develop annual business plans, and ensure operational sustainability and financial controls. He also will work to build ICCA's global membership and presence with a special focus on developing member services in each of ICCA's key regions. He will work from ICCA headquarters in Amsterdam and report to the president and board of directors.
 
"I am truly honored to be appointed for such a prestigious position in one of the global meetings industry's leading organizations," Gopinath said in a statement. "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."