Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB)’s CEO Ashwin Gunasekeran has been elected chairman for the ICCA Asia Pacific Chapter Executive Committee (EXCO) for the 2020-2022 term.
The first Malaysian to hold position in the EXCO takes over the outgoing Chairman, Jason Yeh, founder and CEO of GIS Group.
Prior to his time with PCEB, Gunasekeran has been involved with ICCA for many years. He is also currently heading the ICCA Malaysia Committee.
Joining Gunasekeran in the EXCO are deputy chairs â€“ Keiko Nishimoto (research fellow, Kyoto University Graduate School of Management Japan) and Eric Abramson (international project director, Guangzhou Yuexiu International Congress Centre China).
The committee was elected through an electoral process that was carried out from March 6-31, 2020.
Noor Hamid, regional director Asia Pacific said, â€œAs the Secretariat, I congratulate these candidates for volunteering to take the lead in championing the Chapter. I would also like to place on record my grateful appreciation to the past EXCO, Jason Yeh, outgoing chair and current ICCAâ€™s first vice president, Keiko Nishimoto and Anna Case, former deputy chairs who made meaningful impact and supported the growth of the Asia Pacific chapter. The new EXCO are here to continue that legacy and we look forward to working with the new leadership to serving the ICCA Asia
ICCA Asia Pacific Chapter consists of 289 member organisations in 16 countries and regions, and represents the largest membership in all the total of 11 Chapters. Penang currently has three ICCA members â€“ PCEB, Setia SPICE Convention Centre and Hotel Equatorial Penang.