Bob Wootton to step down as FEPE executive director
At the end of September Bob Wootton will be stepping down as executive director of FEPE, the global body for the out-of-home industry.
Wootton joined the organisation as executive director designate in November 2016, and took over as executive director in June last year. He is now leaving to focus on his other commitments, which include both his roles as principal of Deconstruction Consulting and director, UK of AI media agency Blackwood Seven, as well as writing regular columns for Mediatel Newsline.
Wootton branded the business a "function of success" and said he is "proud" of its achievements, "but I came to realise that, as FEPE continues to grow and scale, it would demand more from me than my various other commitments would allow me to deliver.
"I therefore tendered, and the Board accepted, my resignation so that FEPE can replace me with someone better able to dedicate a greater proportion of their time to the role," he said.
"I will of course be available to the team as necessary during the transition and wish the organisation every continued success as it further builds its position as the global body for the out of home industry."
During the interim, all FEPE business will be handled by general secretary Mark Flys and previous executive director John Ellery, under the organisation's current president, Tom Goddard.
Goddard, who is also chairman of Ocean Outdoor, said: "Bob has made a valued and lasting contribution to FEPE and we thank him sincerely for that. FEPE is now a much larger organisation and undertaking than it was even two years ago and it will be the job of our next executive director to prepare us for the opportunities and challenges our exciting future will bring."
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