JAN R. STAVIK ASSUMES BEDA PRESIDENCY IN BRUSSELS

25 March 2009
Brussels (Belgium) - At its General Assembly in Brussels, the BEDA membership from 22 European countries welcomed Jan R. Stavik (Norway) as its 2009-2011. Stavik is managing director of the Norwegian Design Council, a promotional Member of Icograda.
Brussels (Belgium) - At its General Assembly in Brussels, the BEDA membership from 22 European countries welcomed Jan R. Stavik (Norway) as its 2009-2011. Stavik is managing director of the Norwegian Design Council, a promotional Member of Icograda.  He will be supported in this role by the newly elected Vice President, Deborah Dawton (UK).

Outgoing President Michael Thomson (UK) congratulated Stavik on his new position, "Jan begins his Presidency at a very exciting moment for the European design agenda and I am delighted that he will continue BEDA’s work in supporting the European Commission in positioning design as a tool for innovation at the European level."

In thanking Thomson for completing a significant term of office, Stavik announced that he has invited him to stay involved with the European Design Policy process. "Michael's role has been seminal in getting design onto the European agenda. We will continue to draw on his unique expertise as we move forward".

The returning Board members for their second year of office are:
  • Henrique Cayatte, Portuguese Design Centre, Portugal
  • Severin Filek, Design Austria, Austria
  • Tom Gloesener, Design Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • Ilona Gurjanova, Estonian Design Centre, Estonia
  • Dag Holmgren, Swedish Designers, Sweden (Secretary)
  • Isabel Roig, Barcelona Design Centre, Spain (Treasurer)
  • Sanna Simola, Ornamo, Finland
  • Špela Šubic, BIO, Slovenia
  • Johan Valcke, Design Flanders, Belgium

BEDA also welcomed the following four new Members from Finland, Germany, Slovenia and the UK:
  • Design Forum Finland
  • Design Zentrum Nordrhein-Westfalen
  • DOS , Slovenia
  • The Design Council UK

Jan R. Stavik, BEDA President, said "BEDA is excited to welcome four strong and distinguished organisations to its membership. These new members add to our knowledge and to our capacity to influence the development of design policy at the European level, in order to better position Europe's industries to compete through design in a time of economic recovery."



For more information:

Ms. Ann De Greef
BEDA Secretariat
Diagonal 452, 5 Koloniënstraat 56, 7° floor
Brussels
1000 Belgium
T: +32 2 212 94 29
F: +32 2 212 94 28
W: www.beda.org

About BEDA
The Bureau of European Design Associations (BEDA) exists to ensure permanent liaison between the professional societies of designers, the promotional, educational research, social and design management organisations and networks within the countries of Europe, and to act as a liaison between them and the authorities of the European Union. BEDA is an Affiliate Member of Icograda.