Emmanuel Gaudin and Thomas Endres succeeded Freddy Van den Wyngaert as Chairman of the Board of the European CIO Association. June 1, 2017 Press-release EuroCIO Emmanuel Gaudin, Group CIO Lagardere & Thomas Endres, Chairman VOICE Network, new Presidents of EuroCIO From January 1st, 2017 Emmanuel Gaudin and Thomas Endres succeeded Freddy Van den Wyngaert as Chairman of the Board of the European CIO Association. Freddy had this position for 3 years and EuroCIO thanks Freddy for starting the collaborative transformation of EuroCIO in a period of transition. Freddy Van den Wyngaert is now replaced by two Presidents, with each having also a specific focus on the Direct Members as well as the National Bodies/Associations. Emmanuel about this new position as President of EuroCIO: “This position is a real challenge but also opportunity for both of us.I’m already member of EuroCIO for a long time and also Board member,but as President I’ll becoming more the face of the Association to the outside world.We built over the last years a strong relation with the European Commission and are a major player in many EC projects focused on skills and leadership ,cybersecurity and Cloud computing.I look forward working with this great EuroCIO team to level up and to expand with more direct member CIO’s and to cooperate with European Commission..We also see that the role of the CIO is more and more shifting to innovation and digital transformation and is becoming a key business and strategic function.A lot to cover for our existing and future CIOs! Thomas about this new position as President of EuroCIO: ” This position is a real driver to work on the further professionalization of the IT job at the users IT demand side.This gives an opportunity to combine the strength of individual companies with the National Bodies and their visions and plans.I’m looking forward to level up the Association with more members and more National Bodies (today we have 10 countries as member with their National CIO organizations) and to face also the key global vendors in the discussion on challenges encountered by our members. I’m already for a long time member first as CIO and thereafter as key stakeholder and Board member to represent VOICE, the German CIO Network. Key objective is to combine the power of the various CIO networks associated with EuroCIO by increasing working together, focusing on pan-European and reducing the overlap between the networks.