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IACC breaks the mould with New European Board of Directors

Pieter Allaert Vice President of IACC
IACC today announces three newly elected board members and a Vice President to its European chapter, creating the youngest and most gender equal board in the association’s history.
Joining the European board as Directors are, Clotilde Gay, Director of Sales at Dolce Chantilly, France; Sylvia Nylin, Managing Director and CEO of Svenska Möten, Sweden; and Manpreet Sehmbi, Sales Manager at etc. Venues Ltd, UK.


Led by European chapter President, Lotta Boman, who was elected in September 2017, the board’s average age is now 43, with the youngest member aged 28; making it the youngest boards 35-year history.  

Lotta Boman commented: “The European chapter board generates a huge amount of energy and champions great initiatives, and seeing this year’s election results, I am confident that we will continue to be a vehicle for ideas generation in the IACC community. I’m looking forward to working with the newly appointed board members, and those already with us.”  

In addition to the newly elected European chapter Directors, Pieter Allaerts joins the board as Vice President. Presently Director of Sales & Marketing at Dolce La Hulpe Brussels since 2007, Allaerts previously held the position as President of MPI Belgium from 2014 – 2016.  

Pieter Allaerts commented: “I am absolutely thrilled to have been elected as Vice President of the IACC European board, and I’m excited to be working alongside a group of talented and enthusiastic people, that truly value our industry. I believe that the responsibility of the European chapter is to prepare our industry for the future; to do this, our role will be to foster creativity, support the development of our members and be the ambassador for exceptional meeting concepts.”  

Mark Cooper, CEO of IACC, commented on the appointment of the board members: “We are always overwhelmed by the interest from European member venues and their staff to serve on the board.  Diversity on all accounts is hugely important, and in this year’s applicants we saw interest from an even wider demographic of people within the IACC community, which is fantastic. The IACC Europe chapter has an exciting board line up which achieves these aspirations.”  

Re-elected board members include Jeu Bressers, Owner of Kapellerput Conference Hotel, Nertherlands; Philippe Attia, Managing Director of Chalet RoyAlp Hotel & Spa, Switzerland; and Gunilla Runsten, CEO of Ronneberga Konferens, Sweden.  

The board will serve a term that will conclude on 31 December 2019.

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