Jean-Claude Bel is stepping back in his role as CEO of EFTTA but is not retiring. He will be focusing more on working with the European Anglers Alliance (EAA) in Brussels and other matters affecting the European trade but will not be travelling overseas.
After almost 10 years in the role, he had considered retirement in the approach to the 2017 EFTTEX in Budapest. However, he remains committed to causes critical to the industry.
“I have asked the Board to step back into a ‘part-time’ job,” Jean-Claude told Angling International. “I remain CEO but I do not wish to travel overseas any more.
“I prefer to concentrate on various European issues such as working with the EAA in Brussels and various other European matters that are good for the visibility and the promotion of EFTTA and EFTTEX.”
Jean-Claude has been a regular visitor to shows all over the world, including China Fish and ICAST, where he worked with the EFTTA team to build relationships, recruit exhibitors for the show and grow EFTTA’s profile.
Jacques Prallet will now be the person to represent EFTTA overseas. Jacques is the former Director General of Pure Fishing Europe and has recently been involved in EFTTA project work.
Prallet retired from the Board at the association’s Annual General Assembly (AGA) in Budapest after more than a decade of service. He was replaced by Grant Harris, the head of Pure Fishing’s European business.
“Jacques will use his European network to help EFTTA to implement communication and relationships with members in collaboration with the London team,” explained Jean-Claude. “He will look to increase the number of EFTTA members as well as represent the Association abroad when needed. It is a team job.”
Jean Claude became EFTTA CEO in 2008 after an industry career that included senior roles at Rapala France, Freetime Group France, Mepps France and O. Mustad and Son. In his first interview after being appointed, he told Angling International that his plans for EFTTA included greater communication and visibility, faster decision making, more consultation with members and rationalisation of costs. His vision for EFTTEX included more fishing-related exhibitors, more retail visitors, an exhibitors’ panel and a consumer day.