Martin Sirk, ICCA CEO steps down

Amsterdam, 27th June: The board of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) announced this week that its long-serving CEO, Martin Sirk, will step down from his position at the end of this month.

Sirk, who joined ICCA as CEO in 2002, has led the association through substantial growth overseeing a rise in membership from 600 to over 1,100 companies and organisations across 97 countries. ICCA will appoint a new CEO in the coming months. In the meantime, ICCA’s Chief Value Officer, Dennis Speets, will stand in as acting CEO.

ICCA President Nina Freysen Pretorius, stated, “We would like to thank Martin for his many years of dedicated service. He has laid the foundations for the next era of ICCA’s development, and the ICCA Board is now determined to identify the right individual to work with us in realising our ambitious long-term vision for tomorrow’s ICCA. We anticipate that there will be many challenges but also some enormous opportunities to expand our business community and to deliver new and even better value to our members, and I know that the future of our association is very bright.”

Sources: ICCA press release, Campaign Asia article, Conference News article, Conference & Meetings World article, Exhibition World article