ECOO elects new Secretary General (Press Release)

April 2013

PRESS RELEASE – ECOO elects new Secretary General (pdf)

Following the departure of Dr Ulrich Adam, the former Secretary General of the European Council of Optometry and Optics (ECOO), Ms Fabienne Eckert has been elected as his successor during the General Assembly on 20 April 2013 in Malaga, Spain.

Ms Fabienne Eckert has been serving as acting Secretary General since January 2013 and has been closely involved in the day-to-day activities and projects of the ECOO Secretariat since October 2010. As a German national who has been living in Brussels for several years, Ms Fabienne Eckert has in-depth knowledge of EU Public Affairs and experience in the management of European associations and stakeholders engagement. She will be executing her work for ECOO while working at Hill+Knowlton Strategies, a communications and public affairs agency, providing the Secretariat services for ECOO.

Ms Eckert said: “I am delighted to take on the role as Secretary General of ECOO and look forward to a close collaboration with the Executive Committee and the wider ECOO membership to promote and develop the professions of optics and optometry across Europe. I am also dedicated to maintaining a continuous dialogue with ECOO’s wide stakeholder base and to ensure that ECOO’s presence in Europe is further strengthened.”

In this position Ms Eckert joins the Executive Committee currently composed of the President Dr Julie-Anne Little, the Vice-President Mr Paul Folkesson, the Immediate Past-President Mr Armin Duddek, the Treasurer Mr Jesus García Poyatos, the Chairman of the Professional Services Committee Mr Peter Gumpelmayer, the Chairman of the Public Affairs and Economic Committee Mr Per Michael Larsen and the Chairman of the Board of Management Mr Bob Chappell.

The current Executive Committee serves a term of two years with the next elections scheduled for the ECOO General Assembly in autumn 2014.

For further information about ECOO please contact the Secretariat:

Fabienne Eckert
Rue Montoyer 51, box 7
B-1000 Brussels
T +32 (0)2 739 16 15
F +32 (0)2 737 95 01

About ECOO:

The European Council of Optometry and Optics (ECOO) is the European umbrella organisation which represents the interests of more than 75,000 optometrists and opticians from 27 European countries.