Changing of the Guard at BIR

Alexandre Delacoux takes over as director general of the association.

September 9, 2013
RTGE Staff
Legislation & Regulations

Alexandre Delacoux has replaced Francis Veys as director general of the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR), Brussels, as of Sept. 1, 2013. Veys led the association for almost 40 years.

The BIR says Delacoux will focus the association’s efforts toward convention organization and membership acquisition.

At the BIR 2013 World Recycling Conference & Exhibiton in Shanghai this spring, Delacoux presented the BIR Advisory Council with a business plan that seeks to rejuvenate the organization while maintaining what he views as its high level of service and professional expertise.

“Alexandre is a highly capable leader with a proven track record in association management who will not fail to steer BIR towards even greater successes than those achieved in the past,” says BIR President Björn Grufman.

Delacoux joined BIR at the end of 2012 as general manager and subsequently has been taking over the day-to-day business of the organization.

“BIR is a powerful association with a unique position as sole international voice of the recycling industry," says Delacoux. “I am both humbled and challenged by the successful itinerary of the organization since its creation in 1948. I am determined to increase its worldwide impact for the benefit of BIR membership and the recycling industry at large. It is crucial that we strengthen the existing structure and continue to provide services, voice and leadership to the industry. I look forward to working with our members, the BIR Advisory Council and the highly professional BIR team.”

In recognizing the work of Veys, Grufman comments, “Francis has been the real mastermind behind the organization, and BIR’s healthy financial base and its steadily increasing membership is entirely owed to Francis’ excellent stewardship.”