BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Vending Association has announced that director-general Catherine Piana is retiring after 16 years in the post. She will be succeeded by Erwin Wetzel, who now serves as deputy director-general. The transition will be effective Jan. 1.
Wetzel, who was named deputy director-general in September 2012, brought with him experience in working with the European Parliament and in the head office of the Austrian Association of Municipalities in Brussels.
Piana succeeded EVA's first director-general, Moritz Röttinger, on May 1, 1997 (see VT, March 1997). She will become a consultant to the association, primarily working on an annual market report, and coordinating the EVA Coin and Banknote Group.
In the post of director-general, Wetzel will help implement EVA's extended strategy for meeting the needs of the workplace services market by representing not only vending, but also office coffee service and pure-water technology.
EVA also has announced two additions to its headquarters staff. David Irvine has joined the association as a communications and public affairs manager, and Laura Zerbini has been named office assistant.
Irvine, a British national, studied European integration at Queen's University Belfast (Northern Ireland). His experience includes service with a coffee vending machine operator in the UK, as well as with local government there, and as an assistant to a member of the European Parliament in Brussels. Zerbini, a Belgian national, has served a traineeship in the European Council. Her duties will include administrative and events support, database maintenance and updating the association's website.