Mathias Posch, president of International Conference Services Ltd, has been elected president of the International Association of Professional Conference Organisers (IAPCO).
The association’s largest-ever IAPCO Annual General Assembly took place in Tokyo last week, and saw Posch take over from outgoing president Jan Tonkin for a two-year term.
“Meeting Quality – is more than just a tagline, it is a responsibility – to our clients, to our partners, to each other as well as the industry at large,” said Mathias in his first IAPCO presidential message.
“Quality, is more than just a check list, it is an ongoing commitment to furthering our abilities and to sharing our best practices with each other. It goes way beyond our membership and it gives us the opportunity to move our industry forward and, in fact, to lead it.”
Posch said his mission over his term as president was to “keep thinking big, keep innovating and keep strengthening our standing as PCOs”. He identified the following key focus areas for the IAPCO Council during his term:
– A strong commitment to the IAPCO Quality mandate and an active industry outreach to communicate it
– Widening the Association’s reach in areas like Asia and Latin America
– Strengthening the networking and collaboration among members and providing new platforms to do so in order for IAPCO to grow further.
The nine-strong IAPCO Council for 2018-19 welcomed three other new elected members at its Tokyo General Assembly: Barbara Calderwood, MCI UK; Monica Freire, AIM Group International and Sarah Markey-Hamm, ICMS Pty Ltd, join the existing council members.