INTERNATIONAL. Erik Juul-Mortensen has been re-elected President of the Tax Free World Association (TFWA) for another year following a unanimous Management Committee vote.

The election was held during the TFWA Management Committee meeting on 8 December in Brussels.

Francis Gros will step down as TFWA Vice-President Conferences & Research due to his departure from Luxottica to assume a new role. Neuhaus Director International Sales Philip Geeraert has been elected to the board to take on Gros’s role.

Juul-Mortensen has served as President since September 1999

Juul-Mortensen said: “I am honoured to have been asked to continue in the role of President of TFWA for a further year, and I am grateful to the board and Management Committee for the trust they have placed in me. I would also like to thank Francis Gros for his hard work and commitment during his time on the TFWA Board. His contribution has been invaluable and we wish him the greatest success in all his future ventures.

“I would like to extend a warm welcome to our new board member Philip Geeraert, and I greatly look forward to working with him, the TFWA Board, Management Committee and executive team as our industry moves forward into an exciting yet challenging new chapter in its history.”

The next Management Committee election will take place in October 2018 during the TFWA World Exhibition & Conference 2018.

Juul-Mortensen, one of the original founders of TFWA, has been a member of the TFWA Management Committee since the association was founded in 1984. He was elected to the board in 1986, serving as Vice-President Marketing & Communications for ten years with a further year as Vice-President Special Projects. He has served as President since September 1999.