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Edinburgh International Conference Centre Chair announces Chief Executive succession plan

Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) Chair City of Edinburgh Councillor, Gordon Munro today announced the retirement of Chief Executive Hans H. Rissmann OBE, in April 2015, as part of strategic succession plan.

Cllr. Munro said: “Finding a successor for Hans will take time and the position will undoubtedly attract international interest as EICC is rightly positioned at the forefront of the global conferencing and events industry. As a city we owe Hans a great debt having entered the international congress marketplace with an iconic purpose built facility under his stewardship.”

Commenting on Hans Rissmann's contribution to the development of Edinburgh's business tourism offer the City of Edinburgh Council Chief Executive, Sue Bruce said: "We have been fortunate to have had Hans at the helm at EICC for twenty years. He has made a huge personal contribution through his exemplary leadership. In that time the conference centre has hosted close to one million delegates and delivered an economic impact in excess of £400 million to the city. Additionally, EICC played a leading role in attracting major businesses to collocate and contribute to the regeneration of an important part of the city centre.

A spokesperson for EICC said: "Continuity is key for our international customers who book years in advance to bring thousands of delegates to Edinburgh. The global search for the next leader of EICC will take time and the process will be widely supported by our customers, staff and business partners alike".

EICC opened its new expansion space earlier this year with global medical conference International Investigative Dermatology 2013 and already event organiser the British Association of Dermatologists has committed to bringing the Association’s Annual Conference to the city in 2018.

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