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IFMA’s new board reflects the breadth of experience and global reach of the FM Industry

The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) has announced the member-elected Executive Committee and Appointees to its Global Board of Directors for the 2022-23 fiscal year.

With members based in Italy, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Singapore, Spain and the United States, supporting facility, real estate, project and global portfolio management; process improvement and performance management; office optimisation and consolidation; technology; and corporate workplace strategy and design for organisations worldwide, IFMA board members reflect the breadth of experience and global reach of the facility management industry.

Laurie Gilmer commenced her term on 1 July 2022 as Board chair. A published author, accomplished speaker, a strong proponent of professional education and credentialing, and an advocate for sustainable building performance, she takes the helm at a time of elevated recognition for the FM industry and increased opportunities to rekindle community connections that are the very foundation of IFMA.

Gilmer is joined by First Vice Chair Dean Stanberry, and Second Vice Chair Francisco Antonio de Souza Abrantes. Two returning and seven newly appointed directors round out the global board.

2022-23 IFMA Global Board of Directors Executive Committee  

Laurie A. Gilmer
Vice President/COO, Facility Engineering Associates, P.C.
Santa Rosa, California, USA

First Vice Chair
Dean Stanberry, CFM, LEED AP O+M
Chair, Government Affairs Committee
Denver, Colorado, USA

Second Vice Chair
Francisco Antonio de Souza
Abrantes Senior Consultant, FASA Consulting

Don Gilpin ​
President and CEO, IFMA
Indianapolis, ​Indiana, USA

Past Chair
Peter Ankerstjerne, MBA, COP, IFMA Fellow
Chief Strategy Officer, The Planon Group
Copenhagen, Denmark


Cheryl Carron
Global Head, Facilities Management & Experience Services Corporate Solutions, JLL
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Christa Dodoo, CFM, CIWFM, FMP, CMQ-OE
Facilities Management Specialist, International Atomic Energy Agency
Vienna, Austria

Trudy Blight, CFM, FMP, SFP, BID, PIDIM, PMP, IFMA Fellow
Project Manager, AES Services, University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Jason E. Callis, CFM
Facilities Management, Project Executive The Veridus Group
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Lorena Espada
EMEA Head of Facility Management, Chubb European Group
Madrid, Spain

Aykean Matthews, MBA, CFM, FMP
Facilities Director, The International School of Port of Spain
Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago

Delivery & Performance Director, GSK

Lena Thompson, FMP, SFP, IFMA Fellow
Director, Building Operations & OFM, American Psychological Association
Washington, D.C., USA

Luis Viña Director
Alliance Director LatAm, CBRE
Mexico City, Mexico

IFMA President and CEO Don Gilpin commented: “Each year, IFMA benefits from the expertise and unique perspectives of its board and presiding chair. Every volunteer working on the association’s behalf is a valuable part of our growth; but our chair contributes strategy and vision essential to our progress. I’m excited to see what new doors Laurie will open for us, building on the accomplishments of her predecessors and imbuing IFMA with her own perspectives and passions.” 

Speaking about her new role as Chair, Gilmer said: “One of the overriding post-pandemic realisations for us as an association, an industry and a society is the importance of connection. Being physically cut off from one another sparked a strong desire to develop and maintain our personal and professional relationships. Cross-functional teamwork and multi-industry partnerships have flourished. As a result, more organisations and related professions now fully grasp the true value of FM, and we’re benefiting from a broad range of working partners from the ground floor to the C-Suite. As chair, I’m looking forward to strengthening our network and engaging with our community – fostering the connections that are not only vital to our future, but truly embody the IFMA experience.”

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