CORRADO Peraboni, CEO of Fiera Milano, has been elected UFI president for 2018 by the Board of Directors at a board meeting during the recent UFI Open Seminar in Basel, Switzerland.
The UFI Presidential Trio for the 2016-2017 term now comprise Andreas Gruchow (Deutsche Messe), president 2016-2017; Peraboni, incoming president; Sergey Alexeev (ExpoForum-International), outgoing president.
They will assume these roles at the conclusion of the 83rd UFI Annual Congress, which runs from November 9 to 12, 2016 in Shanghai.
According to a media statement from UFI, Peraboni 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 to 2008, and has been a member of the UFI Executive Committee since 2004.
His extensive knowledge of the industry and 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.
“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”.