AIPC, the International Association of Convention Centres, begins a new chapter in its history with the appointment of its first CEO, Sven Bossu. Bossu will report directly to the AIPC Board, and will start his new role on May 1st.
The appointment of Sven Bossu as AIPC’s first CEO and the engagement of Interel, a professional association management company, mark as important steps toward the implementation of AIPC’s business strategy in a post-Covid world order and raising the professionalism of the association.
Bossu will be responsible for finding and developing opportunities to upgrade member services, improve program offerings, strengthen regional membership engagement and expand collaboration with like-minded associations in the meetings & events industry and adjacent industries. In doing so, AIPC will be able to increase the value that it provides to its members, business partners and to the global convention & exhibition centre industry as a whole.
Impact of COVID-19
More immediately, the focus will lie on providing pertinent support to AIPC members facing the impact of the COVID-19 situation by creating a digital community platform for members to exchange experiences and best practices; and jointly prepare for the next steps of recovery.
Sven Bossu: “With its important global role, AIPC has the potential to increase the positive impact that it has on its membership, as well as its industry. With AIPC’s global membership reach and bold aspirations, I am very excited to begin contributing to the success of AIPC through the implementation of our business strategy”.
In his previous role, Sven Bossu was the Managing Director for Innovation at ESTRO, the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology. He also has eight years of experience from the meetings industry through his time at SWIFT, where he was responsible for the organisation of their world-renowned SIBOS conference.
The appointment of our new CEO will complement the association management services that Interel has been providing to AIPC since August and the continued contribution of Rod Cameron to various initiatives. Overall, this restructuring will allow for AIPC to be better equipped to scale up and strengthen its role as the global authority and resource for convention centre management.