New leadership takes the reins of the world’s largest business network

2. June, 2021

IOE’s global membership has unanimously elected a new Management Board at its General Council on 1 June.
The 155 member organisations of the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) have elected Michele Parmelee as their new President for a three-year term. This historic appointment marks the first time a woman has led the global employer movement in its more than a century of existence. Ms Parmelee is currently the Deputy CEO and Chief People & Purpose Officer of Deloitte Global. In addition, Michele is a Vice Chair of the United States Council for International Business (USCIB) - one of IOE’s oldest members.

Michele is taking over from Erol Kiresepi who has led the organisation for the past four years. IOE members expressed their deep appreciation for the many significant achievements of Mr Kiresepi during his tenure by making him an Honorary President. These include leading a rebranding effort to modernise IOE’s communications, heading up IOE’s Centenary activities, and spearheading IOE’s Covid-19 response and support efforts as the global pandemic caused disruption to business continuity and sustainability.

Renate Hornung-Draus was elected as IOE Vice-President to the International Labour Organisation (ILO). She is the first woman to serve in this role. Ms Hornung-Draus (BDA, Germany) has served for many years on the ILO Governing Body, as well as IOE Vice-President for Europe. Most notably, she was the Employer spokesperson during the negotiations on the ILO Centenary Declaration. Ms Hornung-Draus assumes the role from Mr Mthunzi Mdwaba who has held this function for the past four years. Mr Mdwaba was recognized by IOE members for his extraordinary efforts to make the ILO more responsive to the needs of constituents and fit-for-purpose to address the historic challenges the world of work is currently confronting.

The General Council also elected for the new term five Regional Vice-Presidents: Alexandre Furlan (Brazil) for Latin America; Hiroyuki Matsui (Japan) for the Asia-Pacific; Blaise Matthey (Switzerland) for Europe & Central Asia; Jacqueline Mugo (Kenya) for Africa; and Peter Robinson (USA) for North America; as well as a further two members per region, ensuring comprehensive geographic representation on the Management Board. Mr Matthey was also re-elected as IOE Treasurer.