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Delacoux succeeds Veys at BIR helm

Keywords: Tags  BIR, Bureau of International Recycling, Alexandre Delacoux, Bjorn Grufman, Francis Veys, Weilyn Loo

LONDON — Alexandre Delacoux has succeeded Francis Veys as director general of the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) effective Sept. 2, the BIR has confirmed.

Delacoux will now run the day-to-day business operations of the organization, focusing much of his attention on handling direct and international trade barriers, he told AMM sister publication Metal Bulletin.

While growing the BIR’s membership, specifically in Latin America, he also aims to increase the BIR’s global impact and presence as the voice of the recycling industry, he said.

Delacoux for the past six months has been working as director general alongside Veys, who has stepped down after 32 years at the helm but who will continue working for the BIR in an advisory capacity. But this week marked Delacoux’s official takeover of the role. He began working with BIR as general manager on a part-time basis on Oct. 1, 2012, and assumed the post full time in January of this year (, Nov. 1).

"I am both humbled and challenged by the successful itinerary of the organization since its creation in 1948, and 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," Delacoux said.

"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," BIR president Björn Grufman said.

A version of this article was first published in AMM sister publication Metal Bulletin.

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