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Finn Raben steps down as ESOMAR Director General

MEDIA RELEASE: March 24 2022: Today marks the end of an era for ESOMAR. After nearly 13 years as Director General, Finn Raben has stepped down to pave the way for new leadership.

It goes without saying that Finn has made a notable contribution to the association over his tenure with us and particularly through the tough times of the COVID pandemic. Having secured a solid foundation for the association moving into its 75th year, both Finn and ESOMAR Council believe that now is the right time to transition leadership to those with new perspectives and energy.

It’s been said that “change begins at the end of your comfort zone” so it’s normal that we struggle with change, but I’ve learned over time that, although change may mean losing something good, we may gain something better. As an association, we must look forward to building on Finn’s legacy and ensuring that we can take full advantage of the myriad of new opportunities arising in our sector.

As we begin our search for Finn’s replacement, I’m pleased to announce that Pravin Shekar, CEO of Krea, who also serves as an ESOMAR Representative in India and is a former ESOMAR Council member and Council Treasurer, will be stepping into the newly formed Interim CEO role to assist with the transition process.

In addition, a CEO selection committee (which will work in consultation with Council) has been created which includes ESOMAR COO/CFO Marie-Agnes Mourot; ESOMAR past-President, Niels Schillewaert; ESOMAR Legal Affairs Committee Chair, Mike Cooke; and ESOMAR Peru Representative, Urpi Torrado. Many thanks go to this team, in advance, for their support during our recruitment and hiring process for this important role. Those interested in applying for the role of ESOMAR CEO can find a description of the role and information about the application and selection process here.

Please join me in thanking Finn for his many years of service to ESOMAR. Here’s to change and building the future of our global data, insights, and analytics industry!

Kristin Luck, ESOMAR President

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