NEWS23 March 2022

Esomar director general steps down

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NETHERLANDS – Finn Raben, director general of data, insights and analytics industry body Esomar, has left his role after 13 years.

Raben and Esomar’s executive committee said in a statement that with the organisation reaching its 75th anniversary, it was time for new leadership for the organisation.

Pravin Shekar, chief executive at Krea, who also serves as an Esomar representative in India and is a former Esomar council member and council treasurer, will act as interim chief executive during the transition process.

A chief executive selection committee will be formed by Esomar including Esomar president Kristin Luck; chief operating officer and chief financial officer Marie-Agnes Mourot; past-president Niels Schillewaert; legal affairs committee chair Mike Cooke; and Esomar’s Peru representative Urpi Torrado.

Luck said: “Finn has made a notable contribution to the association during his tenure with Esomar.

“Now that the business has a solid foundation, post-Covid-19, we look forward to building on his legacy and ensuring the association can take full advantage of the myriad of new opportunities arising in our sector.”

Raben said: “I am incredibly proud of what the Esomar staff, and the wider global team of our representatives and partners, have achieved for our members during my time in the organisation – and during the very tough times of the pandemic.

“Now is the right time to transition leadership to those with new perspectives and energy. I look forward with excitement to new challenges and opportunities ahead.”