Michael Duck Named Incoming 2022-23 UFI President
Michael Duck, executive vice president for commercial development at Informa Markets and Informa Group, is the president-elect for UFI, the global association for the exhibitions industry. The role, spanning 2022-2023, will become official at the conclusion of the 88th UFI Global Congress, set for Nov. 3-6, 2021 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
As incoming president, Michael Duck will work closely with the president and outgoing president as part of the trio managing UFI at the highest level. The group’s primary mission is to help UFI to continue to connect, support and promote the exhibition industry around the world.
“I am delighted and honored to have been chosen by the UFI board of directors as incoming president for 2022-23,” said Duck. “There hasn’t been a more challenging time for our industry, as we work together to revitalize and restart post-COVID-19.”
He continued: “UFI has worked tirelessly to support the trade fair industry across the globe, and to support our members – both large and small. Informa Markets has given me their full support to take on this important role.”
Duck has been active in UFI for 25 years, serving in various functions within the association. More than 20 years ago, he was the founding chairperson of UFI’s Asia-Pacific Chapter, and, following that, was the founding chairperson of the Sustainability Committee. He has also spent many years as the association’s treasurer, a position he will cede to assume his new leadership role.
“Michael has supported the association’s mission for many years, driving developments especially in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Anbu Varathan, UFI’s current President. “I wish him every success in performing all the important duties that are required of this position. I know he will be a wonderful leader for all aspects of our industry.”