DUBAI: Brian Suggitt, Middle East md of Systemair, has been elected as the first chairman of Euorvent’s newly formed Middle East group.

The new group, comprising more than 25 member companies, was formed during a meeting at The H Hotel in Dubai, UAE.

Michel Farah, corporate environmental and social responsibility director at Daikin Middle East and Afrika FZE, Georges Hoeterickx, director business development, Evapco Europe BVBA and Matthias Kasprowicz, md Trox Middle East llc, were elected vice-chairmen.

Brian Suggitt has worked within the Middle East for over 30 years, largely within the HVAC market. He has headed up and developed major international companies in Saudi Arabia and Dubai including AAF, Dorma Automatic Doors, Colt International and, for the last three years, Systemair. During his tenure with AAF, Suggitt was chairman of the Riyadh Group of British Businessmen, Construction Division, working closely with the Embassy and various Government departments and legislators.

“Having such a remarkable experience and expertise combined in our chairmanship is very positive,” said Markus Lattner, director of Eurovent Middle East. “Brian Suggitt, Michel Farah, Georges Hoeterickx, and Matthias Kasprowicz are four highly respected personalities within our industry. They possess a long-term experience, and an in-depth knowledge on the local culture, regulations and specifications affecting the HVACR industry throughout the region. We look forward to a good teamwork in supporting our joint industry ideals.”

While Suggitt is taking on the overall lead, he will also head the air-side working group. Michel Farrah will lead the cooling and refrigeration interests. Matthias Kasprowicz is going to be responsible for the overall communication efforts of Eurovent Middle East, while Georges Hoeterickx is going to manage the trade relations between the European Union and Middle East. The next general meeting of Eurovent Middle East is targeted for April in Kuwait.