At the 89th WFO General Assembly held virtually on the 20th October 2020, following a 12-month period of research and interviews, the replacement for Mr. Andrew Turner as General Secretary was announced.
Mr. José Javier Gonzalez of Spain, currently part of the secretariat team, will, over the next 18 months, take over additional duties and then assume the role as General Secretary in 2022.
Mr. Turner, who has been successfully developing this role for 20 years, will be involved during this handover period, with the idea of having him also cooperating with the secretariat team for the special celebration of the WFO 100th anniversary in 2026. The executive board and the secretariat team are delighted with this appointment and it was approved unanimously by the members at the meeting.
José Javier Gonzalez runs the Spanish member association Instituto Tabira and has a great knowledge of the WFO and its operations. He is known globally and will be a continuing asset to the next stages of the strategic development within the WFO. Both his colleagues Andrew Turner and Jerry Call of the secretariat team are excited to see this progression within the WFO management structure and are confident of the next steps that this appointment will bring.
Congratulations to José Javier on this appointment.