Session: Post Covid Reinvention & Relevance for Membership based Associations

Who is Sven Bossu?

AIPC, the International Association of Convention Centres, begins a new chapter in its history with the appointment of its first CEO, Sven Bossu as of May 1. Bossu will report directly to the AIPC Board.

The appointment of Bossu as AIPC’s first CEO and the engagement of Interel, a professional association management company, are important steps in the implementation of AIPC’s business strategy in a post-COVID-19 world order and raising the professionalism of the association as a global industry leader. Bossu will be responsible for finding and developing opportunities to upgrade the association’s member services, improve its 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 center industry as a whole. 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.

In his previous role, Bossu was the managing director for innovation at ESTRO, the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology. He also has eight years of experience in the meetings industry from his time at SWIFT, where he was responsible for the organization of their world-renowned SIBOS conference.

Bossu says, “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.”

Commenting on the appointment, Aloysius Arlando, who has been AIPC president since 2017 says: “With his innovative approach to the management of international associations, as well as his proven experience in the meetings industry and digital engagement efforts, we strongly believe that Sven has the ability and agility to ensure the continued success and future-readiness of our association.”

The appointment of the 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 center management.

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