Lascelle Barrow has become FESPA’s 15the president. He was inaugurated at the FESPA 2013 Gala Dinner on Thursday 27th June, assuming the role from outgoing President Gyorgy Kovacs.
Barrow will be supported by Vice President Yasar Guvenen. The start of Lascelle Barrow’s Presidency coincides with FESPA’s 50th Anniversary, at a time when the organisation is expanding globally with new FESPA-branded events in Brazil, Turkey, China and Africa, in addition to its successful European exhibition portfolio.
The role of the President is to oversee FESPA’s activities as a Federation of National Associations; to chair the FESPA Board and General Assembly; to work closely with the FESPA Managing Director and executive team to ensure that FESPA events activities support the needs and aspirations of FESPA’s 37 Member Associations; and to supervise the reinvestment of funds for the benefit of FESPA’s global community of printers through the Profit for Purpose programme.
This is Barrow’s second tenure as FESPA President, having previously occupied the role from 1992 to 1996. During that period he was responsible for the move of the FESPA exhibition to its first stand-alone venue in Lyon, which transformed FESPA’s income from the exhibition business. He has maintained this focus on nurturing the commercial success of the organisation, championing the launch of the FESPA Digital event, and driving FESPA’s global expansion strategy, recognising the importance of establishing strong positions in key emerging markets.
‘I’m immensely proud to be given the chance to serve FESPA as President for a second time, and to be taking office here in London, my home city, mid-way through a phenomenal FESPA exhibition. As printers, we face many positive opportunities; to celebrate print’s role in a multichannel environment; to continue to embrace digital, both as a production technology and as a complementary medium to print; and to reap the benefits of being part of a connected and creative global community. I know myself the value of building authentic relationships with people who have guided and inspired me, and helped me to overcome challenges. I believe wholeheartedly in the power of a trusted community like FESPA, and I look forward to playing an active role in helping printers worldwide to grow and improve with FESPA’s support,’ said Barrow.