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ICCA begins search for new CEO

Further to previous communication regarding the appointment of a new CEO, the ICCA Board has selected and approved European Affairs Recruitment Specialists (EARS as the agency that will be assisting in the selection and evaluation process. All applications will be dealt with by Anna Koj from the EARS office based in Brussels.

A detailed overview of the CEO job description and expectation of the position is displayed below for members' consideration and information. It is the intention of the Board to keep this process as transparent and informative as possible.

Herewith the timeline:

  1. Candidates application to open as of Friday, 26th October 2018
  2. Closing date of application will be Tuesday, 15th January 2019
  3. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed end January and February 2019
  4. Expected starting date: April 2019

Please find below the job description:

Chief Executive Officer

Company profile

ICCA (the International Congress and Convention Association) is the global community and knowledge hub for the international association meetings industry.

ICCA represents the main specialists in organising, transporting, and accommodating international meetings and events, and comprises 1,153-member companies and organisations in almost 100 countries worldwide. ICCA specialises in the international association meetings sector, offering unrivalled data, communication channels, and business development opportunities.

ICCA has its Head Office in the Netherlands and 5 regional offices in Dubai, Malaysia, Uruguay and the U.S.A., South Africa, with in total close to 50 staff members worldwide.

Why work for ICCA?

  • Working at ICCA is more than just a job. You will join a passionate and committed international team of professionals in an open and supportive working environment.
  • ICCA offers unique opportunities to engage with senior executives and public officials globally.
  • You will be the figurehead of a leading organisation in the meetings industry, spearheading efforts to drive the further development and growth of one of the most dynamic industries across the globe.
  • Interesting package of benefits, including competitive salary and incentive bonus.

Key areas of responsibility

The CEO is responsible for the successful implementation of ICCA’s worldwide strategic management, which includes drafting strategy for discussion and approval by the Board of Directors, overseeing overall financial performance, delivering strategic objectives, and representing the association’s interests to third parties.

This is a challenging role that suits someone with robust leadership skills, who wishes to develop ICCA into an even more thriving organisation; you will have the opportunity to make real impact and set new standards in a changing environment.

The role comes with high level of exposure and leadership on strategic projects, and strong focus on financial governance. The new CEO will also support the development of communication channels with key external and internal shareholders and stakeholders.

1. Leadership

  • Define and agree strategic plans and support the development of annual business and action plans and be responsible for their achievement. In this role requires leadership that shows commitment, drive, ability to implement change and to take the organisation to the next level.

  • Recruit, develop, lead and motivate the global ICCA team.

  • Develop a culture of business orientation, creativity, innovation, and vision amongst staff and ICCA members, and lead and manage major business and organisational change needed to keep ICCA at the forefront of the international meetings industry.

  • Bring people on board and share the vision, while ensuring efficient and financially savvy delivery of day-to-day activities within the HQ and across regional offices located globally.

2. Financial acumen

  • Deliver growth in revenue from existing and new services to members and maintain a strong cashflow and healthy balance sheet.

  • Act as the Chief Accounting Officer for the association and ensure prudent financial management and compliance with all appropriate statutory and fiscal requirements.

  • Assist the organisation in achieving budget savings.

3. Business development & communication

  • Develop and promote the association’s services to members.

  • Increase the standing, profile and reputation of the association with the objective of maintaining and enhancing its position as one of the foremost global trade associations in the meetings industry.

  • Drive long-term net growth in membership numbers whilst maintaining the overall high quality of membership and high level of annual retention.

  • Building stronger global presence beyond Europe

  • Build and maintain close and productive relationships with other meetings industry associations, federations and umbrella organisations.

  • Be at ease in developing impactful and lasting relationships with counterparts and stakeholders at highest levels.

Experiences and Qualifications

  • Relevant educational background (business administration or high-level event management)

  • Proven experience of non-profit/association management

  • At least 5-10 years experience managing a large team

  • High EQ, possesses high level of judgement and discretion, manages confidentiality

  • Very strong people skills

  • Strong track record around project management and presentation skills

  • International experience

  • Resourceful, reliable and detailed oriented

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills

  • Fluent English required

Strong advantages

  • Knowledge of the association meetings industry


  • Strong intellect with a high level of commercial and financial acumen, able to influence key stakeholders as well as manage external relationships as required.

  • Exceptional communicator and demonstrated analytical and emotional intelligence when working with people from a variety of different industries/markets.

  • Solution-oriented mindset, with structured thinking pattern.

Reporting line

  • Direct reporting line to Board of Management/Directors.


The term of employment is set for three-year contract term, with possible renewal depending on performance and board approval. You will be based in Amsterdam at the Head Office.

Recruitment process

If you are interested you can send your resume & motivation letter to: Anna Koj (email:

European Affairs Recruitment Specialists (EARS)
A: Square de Meeûs, 35 B-1000 Brussels 
T: +32 (0) 2 648 83 09 
M: +32 (0) 471 598 394 |