The new president of the International Organization of Employers (IOE), Daniel Funes de Rioja, began his three-year mandate last Tuesday following his unanimous election at last year’s IOE General Council. USCIB is the American affiliate of the IOE.
Prior to his election, Funes de Rioja, from Argentina, served as IOE’s executive vice president under outgoing President Tan Sri Dato’ Azman of Malaysia. Speaking to the IOE General Council upon his election, Funes de Rioja thanked his predecessor for “firmly establishing the IOE as the global voice of business on the international stage.” As the new president, Funes de Rioja will also assume the presidency of the 2014 International Labor Conference in Geneva from May 28 to June 12.
As Tan Sri Dato’Azman gave his farewell remarks last Tuesday, he said the IOE had established itself as the representative body for the private sector across the UN and other multilateral organizations. He felt proud of the IOE’s consolidated position, and as he handed the presidency over to Funes de Rioja, he said he was confident the IOE could meet future challenges.
IOE Secretary General Brent Wilton congratulated Funes de Rioja and said the incoming president “brings to the presidency of the IOE decades of experience representing employers across the range of international forums affecting business.”