William Wouters elected new president of the ASI

The world’s premier sommelier body has elected a Belgian to be its new president.

Meeting of the ASI
Meeting of the ASI

Belgian’s William Wouters has been elected the new president of the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale. He replaces outgoing president Andrés Rosberg of Argentina, whose three-year term began in June 2017.

“What’s important now is to work together toward the betterment of ASI as a community and as an institution,” said Wouters. “My team and I are ready!”

There were changes to the board as well. Peer F. Holm becomes the ASI Secretary General, with Julie Dupouy-Young as ASI Deputy Secretary General. Philippe Faure-Brac was named Treasurer with Samui Angelov as Deputy Treasurer.

A series of new vice presidents were also elected: Saiko Tamura-Soga (Japan) for Asia & Oceania, Michèle Aström Chantôme (Morocco) for Africa & the Middle East, Piotr Kamecki (Poland) for Europe and Marcos Flores Tlalpan (Mexico) for the Americas. ASI vice presidents are primarily responsible for coordinating the associations in each continent or geographical area.

The ASI General Assembly was held online for the first time, with an attorney from Cyprus on hand to ensure the meeting complied with the ASI’s charter.

The Association de la Sommellerie Internationale, founded in France in 1969, is a not profit organisation dedicated to bringing together national sommelier organisations and developing the profession.

Via press release

 

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