Martin Sirk, long-serving CEO of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), will step down from his position at the end of July. He joined the association in 2012 and oversaw its growth from 600 to over 1,100 member companies and organisations across 97 countries.
“I believe I have played a major role in safeguarding the unique culture of ICCA – genuinely global, friendly and open-minded, but always business-focused – throughout the many changes that we have gone through,” he said in a statement.
Coming in as acting CEO is Dennis Speet who has been with ICCA since 1996 in his home country, the Netherlands. He served as director of marketing and sales and most recently as chief value officer where he coordinated the implementation of the association's new CRM system.
As acting CEO, Speet will continue to support current ICCA initiatives and activities and maintain status quo operations until the board appoints a new CEO in early 2019. The association will appoint an international recruitment firm to assist with the selection and evaluation process.