We are pleased to report the results of the election for the 2015/2016 ESOMAR Council term. Nominations were invited for the two-year term from January 2015 to December 2016, with ten Council vacancies to be filled: President, Vice President and 8 Council Members.

2015/2016 President and Vice President

Laurent FloresDavid Smith

Laurent FLORES (France) has been elected as the new ESOMAR President. Laurent has been an ESOMAR Member since 1995 and a Council Member until 2010.

David SMITH (UK) was elected to the position of Vice President. David has been an ESOMAR member since 1992 and has served on the Council since 2009.

Both Laurent and David bring immense professional experience to their new positions, which will benefit ESOMAR and our industry enormously in the years to come.

2015/2016 Council Members

David Bakken Joaquim Bretcha Anne-Sophie Damelincourt Kristin Luck
Pervin Olgun BV Pradeep Niels Schillewaert Pieter Paul Verheggen

Additionally, the following eight candidates were elected to the ESOMAR Council for the remaining seats for 2015/2016 term (listed alphabetically by last name):

David BAKKEN (USA), Joaquim BRETCHA (Spain), Anne-Sophie DAMELINCOURT (France), Kristin LUCK (USA), Pervin OLGUN (Turkey), BV PRADEEP (Singapore), Niels SCHILLEWAERT (USA), Pieter Paul VERHEGGEN (Netherlands)

Dan Foreman, will remain on Council in an ex-officio capacity as past President for the 2015/2016 term.

The election and ballot procedure, held between 22 September - 20 October 2014, was processed by an independent third-party, Electoral Reform Services (ERS) Ltd. The ESOMAR Council also appointed an Election Committee to oversee the elections, which included the current President of ESOMAR, the two immediate past presidents and the ESOMAR Director General.

Regretfully, we are also losing several members from Council and we would like to take this opportunity to extend very warm thanks and appreciation to out-going Council Members Fred John (Vice President) and Dieter Korczak (ex officio), Tatiana Barakshina (Russia), Bruno Colin (France), Pramod Kumar (India), Luiz Sa Lucas (Brazil) and Pravin Shekar (India) for their outstanding contributions and support in developing ESOMAR’s activities and strategy.

We would also like to thank all the candidates who were not elected. Their on-going support and commitment to ESOMAR and the industry is hugely appreciated and we look forward to continuing to work with them in other capacities in the future.

Lastly, we would like to thank all our members who participated in the election process. Your voice is imperative for ensuring that we at ESOMAR continue to encourage, advance and elevate market research worldwide.

Good luck to the new Council!

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