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 January 21, 2016
Paul Riemens (CEO) and Maurits van der Sluis (COO) Appointed By RAI Amsterdam

 Paul Riemens (53) will be the new CEO of RAI Amsterdam from 7 April 2016. Together with Maurits van der Sluis (50), newly appointed to the position of COO, they will form the new statutory board of the Amsterdam exhibition and convention organisation. Riemens will assume the role of chairman within the statutory board. On 1 May, Hans Bakker (who will then be 65) will retire after 14 years as CEO of RAI Amsterdam.

Paul Riemens has made his career in the aviation sector. He has been CEO and chair of the board at Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL) since 2008, during which time he successfully converted the organisation into a results-oriented, open company. In Riemens, RAI Amsterdam is appointing a man who has proven his capacity to operate in an international arena in which stakeholder management is critical to success. In addition, the supervisory board considers him a passionate person who connects people and ideas.

Leading position in the international exhibition and convention industry

Maurits van der Sluis has held various commercial positions within RAI Amsterdam since 1996, most recently as commercial director of RAI Convention Centre. With his 20 years of experience in the business, he has an unrivalled awareness of the relevant markets and customers and is a respected figure in the international exhibition and convention industry.

With the appointment of Riemens and Van der Sluis as statutory board, the supervisory board of Amsterdam RAI is linking executive experience and broad stakeholder management to knowledge of customers, markets and the RAI as an organisation. Together they will provide a fresh impetus and strengthen the position of RAI Amsterdam as a leading exhibition and convention organisation in Europe.

RAI Amsterdam

Bringing together people, both physically and virtually, expands borders... it inspires! RAI Amsterdam has been bringing different worlds, people and markets together, at home and abroad, since 1893. The RAI is an international exhibition and convention company which organises events in the Netherlands and abroad and operates the RAI Convention Centre in the Zuidas business district of Amsterdam. The RAI welcomes around 1.5 million visitors a year to approximately 500 events such as exhibitions, conventions and corporate and other events. The company also provides event-related services to organisers, exhibitors and visitors.