The UFI Board of Directors has elected Mr Corrado Peraboni, CEO from Fiera Milano Congressi, as the President of UFI for the 2017/2018 term. The decision was made at a board meeting during UFI’s Open Seminar in Basel, Switzerland.
The decision of the Board will become effective at the closing of the 83rd UFI Annual Congress, taking place from 9 – 12 November 2016 in Shanghai.
Peraboni has been Chief Executive Officer of Fiera Milano Spa since April 2015. He has played a very active role within UFI for many years. He assumed the position of Vice-Chair of the European Chapter more than fifteen years ago before becoming Chair from 2004 – 2008. He has been a member of the UFI Executive Committee since 2004, and is currently the Secretary of this Committee. His extensive knowledge of the industry and total dedication to UFI over the years has proved instrumental in enabling the association to become the global voice of the exhibition industry that it is today.
As UFI Incoming President, Peraboni will work closely with the UFI President and Outgoing President to make up the Presidential Trio (Andreas Gruchow -Deutsche Messe AG & President 2016-2017-, Corrado Peraboni -Fiera Milano, Italy-, Incoming President, Sergey Alexeev -ExpoForum-International Ltd., Russian Federation-, Outgoing President), managing UFI at the highest level and continuing to drive the association forward.
“I am honoured by this appointment,” said Peraboni. “UFI is a true global brand of quality in the trade fair sector and I will do everything I can to strengthen it even further. The exhibition sector is seeing continual, rapid change. The current transition stage deserves great attention because our future depends on it, and I think this future holds at least one constant: physical fairs will continue to be an irreplaceable channel for promotion and internationalisation, especially for SMEs, because they guarantee maximum advantages in terms of cost-benefit. Together with my colleagues and the UFI team, we will do our best to launch this message to the business community and public institutions”.
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