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April 09, 2018 - Laurence Verhagen resigns as SIOG CEO

Message from SIOG President

Dear members of SIOG,

It is with regret that, on behalf of the SIOG Board, I have to inform you that Laurence Verhagen has resigned as CEO of SIOG, effective end of June, 2018. Since end 2012, Laurence has played a critical role in the development, the strengthening and the success of the organization, and while we will miss her and her inspiring leadership, we wish her the best of luck in her new endeavour. We want to thank her for over 5 years of dedicated service which involved many significant accomplishments, including:

> Professionalising the overall management and operating processes of the society with competent staff
> Setting up adequate operating processes including a complete new financial, tax and compliance management within set budgets
> Defining and rolling out - together with the SIOG Board – a new strategy and directions for the society
> Increasing the society’s overall turnover by more than 500% between 2012 and 2018. 
> Organising the auditing of the SIOG finances
> Growing membership by 50% covering nearly 50 countries
> Raising the operating standards in the organization of the SIOG annual conference and growing abstract submissions and delegate attendance – increased by 30% since 2012 
> Developing SIOG’s visibility with an increase of 220% of website visitors and developing SIOG’s geriatric oncology 10’000-member community
> Taking over the organization and further development of the SIOG Advanced Course in Geriatric Oncology for which demand currently outstrips capacity
> Establishing a stable relationship with sponsors despite the fluctuation of funding
> Helping the creation the Young SIOG and SIOG Nursing Allied Health Interest Groups
> Strengthening SIOG, and geriatric oncology relevance in general, through the development of advocacy activities at European and International level and through partnerships with cancer societies and other health organizations.

Over the next few months, we will be conducting a search to find a suitable successor. During this transition period the Executive Committee will endeavour to maintain a stable and effective organization.

Again, we cannot thank Laurence enough for the dedication, passion, enthusiasm and motivation she has given SIOG over the past 5 years. We are sure that Laurence will be successful in her future undertakings and are looking forward to the next chapter of SIOG as we continue to deliver on our mission.

Stuart Lichtman,
President, International Society of Geriatric Oncology


Message from SIOG CEO

Dear SIOG Members,

After over 5 years with SIOG, I recently submitted my resignation to the Board in order to pursue a new challenge. While I have a mix of emotions as I move into this next chapter of my career, I will be able to continue doing what has become a passion: association management in the healthcare sector.
The decision for my transition did not come easily as I am extremely proud of all that our SIOG staff, SIOG Board and SIOG members have accomplished during the past five years, and I hold dear to my heart the relationships I’ve built during my time as CEO.

I want to express my deepest gratitude to all who have been so supportive of the organization and of me personally over the years: staff, Board members, SIOG members and, of course, our partners. Without you all, the organization would not be as strong and vibrant as it is. I am so honoured to have been the leader of this incredible organization and will continue to watch with much excitement and anticipation the further developments and accomplishments of SIOG.

All my best,
Laurence Verhagen,