ICCA Welcomes New CEO
  • April 8, 2019

    James Rees (left) and Senthil Gopinath

    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS — The Board of Directors of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) recently appointed Senthil Gopinath as the organization’s new CEO, effective this month.

    “Senthil brings the qualities that we most need in a leader at this juncture,” said James Rees, ICCA President and Executive Director of ExCeL London. “Throughout his career, he has demonstrated not only that he can establish a vision, but also chart the tactical path to reach that vision, always working from a solid foundation of operational and financial expertise.”

    Gopinath’s career in the meetings travel industry spans more than 20 years, with 18 years spent working within ICCA member organizations. He joined the ICCA team in 2016 as Regional Director of ICCA Middle East. In that role, he has forged new relationships with regional governments and industry partners, and grown ICCA Middle East membership by more than 80 percent.

    “I am truly honored to be appointed for such a prestigious position in one of the global meetings industry’s leading organizations,” Gopinath commented. “I take this opportunity to sincerely thank the President and Board of Directors of ICCA in placing their confidence in me. ICCA has been a family to me for over two decades. I have always cherished my involvement with ICCA and now being at the helm will enable me to listen more closely to our members and key stakeholders, and service them in a more enhanced manner, making ICCA more relevant to the global membership. Together with the ICCA team, we will work on the transformation of ICCA.”