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Manfred Neun Steps Down as ECF President

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BRUSSELS, Belgium – The European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) announces that after 12 highly successful years Manfred Neun is to stand down as President.

Manfred Neun Steps Down as ECF President
Manfred Neun steps down as ECF President after 12 ‘exceptional years’. He is photographed here at ECF’s Velo-city 2015 Congress in Nantes, France. – Photo Bike Europe

In a statement the ECF Board paid tribute to Manfred Neun’s achievements and announced that Vice President Lars Strömgren, currently President of ECF member Cykelfrämjandet in Sweden, will assume the responsibilities of the President as “acting President” from January 1st 2018 until the next Board elections to be held at the AGM 2018 in Milan on the 19th of May 2018.

12 exceptional years

The ECF Board statement says “As you may be aware ECF President Manfred Neun announced at the ECF Board Meeting at the end of April 2017 and to all delegates at the AGM (June 2017) that, after more than 12 exceptional years of service to our federation, he will not seek re-election at the AGM 2018. At our last Board Meeting in October Manfred asked us to accept that he intends to step down, effective from December 31st 2017 and the Board has accepted this as his official resignation.

“We are grateful for Manfred’s words of confidence about our work and would like to express now our appreciation for his achievements during an extraordinary period of growth and change for ECF. Manfred will be leaving us with a huge legacy, which we will celebrate together with him at the 2018 AGM in Milan where he will be the honoured guest of the Board.”

Personal letter

Manfred Neun also sent a letter to members explaining his reasons for standing down at the end of 2018 and expressed his confidence about the future of ECF. In this letter he says “During the last ECF AGM I informed your delegates that I had decided not be a candidate for re-election as ECF President at the 2018 AGM, allowing me to retire from the post after more than 12 exceptional years. I am sure you will understand my reasons, in particular more time for my family, for more research and publications, and also because I have the feeling that it’s the right time. I am excited and satisfied to reflect on the positive development of the past years and the positive path for the future.

ECF Vision 2030

“This is a message of support for the Board. I am hugely impressed by the performance of the current Board, both longer standing members and new joiners this year. It is clear they are going to oversee development of the new ECF Vision 2030, the setting up of the newly independent World Cycling Alliance and to handle the governance of the presidential transition with great professionalism. In this regard I believe I should step aside now to give them the maximum space and time to develop our organisation in these and other directions.”

Manfred Neun was one of the creators of the partnership between ECF and the cycling industry which became the Cycling Industry Club in 2012. He has told the ECF Board and the Cycling Industry Club Advisory Board that he remains ready to help in any capacity where he can assist the Board or wider ECF as an individual, so he looks forward to continued friendship with industry colleagues in coming years.


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