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Events Industry Council names new board chair

IACC's Mark Cooper takes the helm, with a focus on growing membership in APAC and EMEA.

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IACC CEO, Mark Cooper, will focus on supporting the industry's post-pandemic recovery. Photo Credit:IACC

IACC CEO, Mark Cooper, has been appointed 2021 chair of the board for the Events Industry Council (EIC), the global association focused on advocacy and research.

The EIC board is comprised of nominated members of EIC, which consists of more than 30 events industry organisations. These leaders are the governing body for the overall council, with fiscal responsibility and strategic direction for all EIC programmes.

Commenting on his appointment, Cooper said he is "excited to be leading the EIC board and to working together with a talented and experienced team as we support our industry on the path to recovery and rebuilding post pandemic”.

He added that one of the key objectives for the incoming board is to grow membership in APAC and EMEA, describing the regions as "a huge opportunity" for EIC to implement education, certification and accreditation programmes.

“As our industry returns to health, with possibly a new identity and features, I hope I can help in some way, with positioning EIC as the global voice for the industry, protecting all that serve in it and influencing all who can contribute to it,” he said.

Cooper has significant experience within the business events industry, having been CEO of IACC since 2012. He has also held senior posts with venue operators and global agencies, including Dolce Hotels & Resorts, Sundial Group, Conference Direct and Warwick Conferences.