Abidjan, 1 October 2018 — The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO), headquartered in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, has announced the appointment of Mr. Michel Arrion as its new Executive Director.

A Belgian national, Mr. Arrion (pictured) is an EU civil servant who has served as Ambassador of the European Union in various African countries such as Nigeria, Rwanda and Côte d'Ivoire.

Mr. Arrion is looking forward to the opportunity to use his experience and knowledge of the cocoa sector to work with Producers and Consumers to surmount the challenges facing the sector.

Mr. Arrion was appointed by consensus at the late September meeting of the International Cocoa Council, the Organization’s governing body. He will serve a five-year term in the post.

The Organization is pleased to welcome Mr. Arrion and at the same time thank the outgoing Executive Director, Dr. Jean Marc Anga, for his service.

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