New board of the European label industry association installed

At Finat’s general assembly on 31 May in Vienna, the new board of the European label industry association was installed. The election coincides with FINAT’s transition to a new governance structure that aligns with FINAT’s four-pillar strategy.

26 Jun 2023 | By Dibyajyoti Sarma

The old and new board together on stage at the European Label Forum 2023 in Vienna

In three steps, the board of Finat will be expanded from 15 to 25 members to enable a broader representation of the membership across the value chain. Within the board, the number of executive board members has also been increased from six to eight, of which four seats are now reserved for the chairs of the new, workstream-based committee structure. 

Each workstream now reflects one of the four pillars of FINAT’s strategy:

Community: Responsible for all Finat internal and external communications and platforms, also supporting other workstreams in their communications.

Knowledge: Responsible for creating and coordinating knowledge for the Finat membership so all members get easy answers to their questions.

Collaboration: Driving Finat-led projects together with external parties and internal stakeholders to strengthen the position of the label industry.

Advocacy: Representing the label industry by monitoring and influencing developments in regulations and guidelines impacting the interests of the industry.

Each of the four workstreams includes a number of permanent Working Groups to manage the on-going programmes, and temporary Taskforces to develop new ones. 

Finat president Philippe Voet (who was re-elected for a second term) said: “In today’s pressing business environment, it is of critical importance that associations like Finat are responsive to the needs and challenges of their members. With this new structure, we aim to combine the vision, know-how and experience of business leaders along the value chain with the operational excellence and agility of the workstream leaders and our professional partners. I am pleased with the momentum that was created during the committee summits last February and here in Vienna prior to the European Label Forum. I am looking forward to continuing this momentum and working together as an industry on the goals and deliverables we have set for the coming years.”

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