The European Vending Association announces new Director General

Erwin Wetzel, current Deputy Director General, will be the new Director General of the EVA from January 2014

Erwin Wetzel was presented as the new EVA Director General at the EVA Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on Thursday 28 November.  He will take up his new post on 1 January 2014, and will replace Catherine Piana who has managed the Association since 1997.

Since the adoption of a new wider EVA strategy at the AGM, Erwin Wetzel will be responsible for representing the interests of the vending industry, but also the Office Coffee Service segment and water technology companies. He is highly motivated and enthusiastic to serve as Director General, and believes that the best way of doing so is to fully understand the relevant issues in individual national markets. Erwin Wetzel has already stated that he plans to increase contact with Members, and promote further cooperation between the national associations.

Erwin Wetzel, who has been Deputy Director since September 2012, studied Political Science at the University of Innsbruck, Austria and at the prestigious College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.  He has experience of working in the European Parliament, as well as Head of Office for the Austrian Association of Municipalities in Brussels. He speaks fluent English and very good Spanish in addition to his native French and German.

Erwin Wetzel takes over from Catherine Piana, who over the last 16 years as the head of the EVA has successfully managed to encompass the whole vending industry under a common umbrella, and has developed the EVA into a widely respected trade organization to lobby the European Institutions. Catherine will now work as a consultant for the EVA, primarily in the development of the annual Market Report, and the coordination of the EVA Coin and Banknote Group.  

Both Catherine and Arnaud van Amerongen, who has stepped down after 6 years as EVA President, were honoured at the EVA AGM by the new President, Jan-Marck Vrijlandt, who thanked them sincerely for their long and successful service in their respective roles, and presented them with a token of appreciation marking their achievements.

About the European Vending Association

The European Vending Association (EVA) is a not-for-profit organisation established in Brussels. It represents the interests of the European coffee service and vending industry vis-à-vis the European Institutions and other relevant authorities or bodies.