Sat, Dec 04, 2010 - Page 11 News List

ECCT selects new board chairman

By Kevin Chen  /  Staff reporter

The European Chamber of Commerce Taipei (ECCT) said Chris James, president and chief executive officer of Allianz Taiwan Life Insurance Co (安聯人壽), would replace Peter Weiss as chairman of its board of directors next year after the trade organization held its annual general meeting and a new board meeting yesterday.

Weiss, president and chief executive of Siemens Limited Taiwan (台灣西門子), was elected vice chairman at the board meeting, while Michel Darrieus, president of Air Liquide Far Eastern Ltd (亞東工業氣體) was re-elected its treasurer, ECCT said in an e-mailed statement.

In an annual report delivered to members yesterday, ECCT said the chamber had finished the year with a strong membership and a stable financial base. The chamber currently has around 700 members from 420 companies and organizations.

“2010 was a good year for the ECCT and the chamber has prospered along with the Taiwan economy’s rebound after the global financial crisis,” the chamber said in the statement.

In October, the chamber in its annual position paper called for the government to take decisive action to improve the nation’s economic development and find a competitive position on the international stage.

At the time, the ECCT highlighted three main areas the government should look into: Bringing the nation’s legal system into line with international standards, bans on certain imports from China and signing Trade Enhancement Measures an agreement with the EU.

The ECCT is expected to send its annual Open Door Mission to Brussels later this month to discuss related trade issues with senior European Commission representatives, members of the European Parliament and Taiwan’s representative to the EU.

In related news, Mercedes-Benz Taiwan Ltd (台灣賓士) yesterday announced that Eberhard Kern would take over from Wolfram Geisler as the company’s new president and chief executive officer, after Geisler decided to retire from the post.

Kern, 47, has been working for the Daimler AG for 28 years. Prior to joining the Taiwan team, he was vice-president of Mercedes-Benz Russia SAO and helped boost the company’s sales in that country four times in five years.

Geisler, 62, had been with Mercedes-Benz Taiwan for seven years. During the first 11 months of the year, the company sold 8,036 cars, up more than 70 percent from a year earlier, beating Lexus and BMW as the leading luxury car brand in Taiwan, according to the company’s tallies.

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