Ben Butters is appointed as new CEO of EUROCHAMBRES from 1 July

Photo: Maria Koleva Ben Butters.

Ben Butters, the current Deputy CEO of  EUROCHAMBRES, the European association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry that altogether represent over 20 million businesses in Europe, should be appointed as the new CEO from 1 July, the General Assembly of the association agreed.

Butters has been with EUROCHAMBRES since 2008, having previously worked in and around the EU institutions for several years. He will take up the CEO position in the midst of an unprecedentedly challenging period for the European business community.

Christoph Leitl, President of EUROCHAMBRES stated: “The crisis is underlining the importance of the role that Chambers play and how crucial the EU is to our economy. Ben has the full support of the European Chamber network in working with EU policy-makers to chart an effective, coordinated recovery process for our business community.”

Arnaldo Abruzzini, who will stand down as CEO of EUROCHAMBRES on 30 June has held the role with the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry for 21 years.

"Arnaldo Abruzzini has steered EUROCHAMBRES through a momentous period for the EU and the European economy", Christoph Leitl, stated noting that EU has enlarged from 15 member states to 27 during this period, taken on greater competences and experienced both rapid growth and dramatic recessions, not least now. “Throughout all of this, EUROCHAMBRES has developed in influence and impact and Arnaldo has been central to this progress,” he added.

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