SPE(Society of Plastics Engineers) has appointed Patrick Farrey as its new Chief Executive Officer.  He will succeed Wim De Vos, who will be stepping down in June.

Patrick Farrey, a Chicago based US National, comes to SPE after a 23-year career in the publication and association management sector. As Vice President at Kellen, a US association management firm, he supported several associations and was the acting Executive Director for some. “With over 15 years of managing societies and associations, Farrey brings a great deal of non-profit experience” says President Scott Owens.

At the end of June Farrey will replace De Vos, who has decided to return to the industry after leading the association for over 5 years. “SPE needed someone from the industry like Wim to do the necessary restructurings in the past years and initiate an adapted business model” says Dr Raed Al Zubi, who will be taking over from Owens as International President of SPE on May 7th at SPE’s flagship event ANTEC. “Now is the time to build on a solid new foundation, for which an association executive has the best expertise” Al Zubi continues “SPE is in a very good position with a growing total membership with more young professionals, the newest digital resources, several solid strategic partnerships, more events, etc…” and he concludes that “Farrey has a very good basis to start from and strengthen SPE’s position as leading provider of new technology information and knowledge to the world-wide plastics industry.”


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