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Unanimous support drives mandate for newly elected IRU leadership

Unanimous support drives mandate for newly elected IRU leadership

10 Nov 2017

IRU members have unanimously re-elected Christian Labrot as IRU President for a second two-year term.

IRU’s General Assembly, transport councils and other statutory meetings have wrapped up in Geneva this week.

Christian Labrot was re-elected President with the full support of the IRU General Assembly, for a second two-year mandate, to run through to the end of 2019. Radu Dinescu was re-elected as President of the Goods Transport Council, and Jos Sales was newly elected as President of the Passenger Transport Council. Both Council Presidents are also IRU's Vice Presidents. 

Strong member engagement saw nine candidates standing in the goods transport council for five positions on the Presidential Executive (Board), a solid indication of member commitment. 

The General Assembly welcomed 12 new members who have officially joined since the last assembly in May this year, another strong sign of confidence in IRU’s future.

Christian Labrot said, “I am enthusiastic and honoured to continue my mandate as IRU President for the next term. The industry has never been more exciting and having clear leadership for IRU never more important.” 

A forum of both transport councils looked at how innovation is reinventing the industry, and the challenges and opportunities ahead for road transport operators. Speakers included Uber’s Marius Macku, autonomous mobility and innovation specialist, Gonzalo Alcaraz from BestMile, and Javier Escribano from OnTruck.

Other highlights included discussions on the current expansion of the TIR system, with implementation continuing apace in newly ratified countries China, India and Pakistan.

Nabil Salim Al Bimani from ASYAD, IRU member in Oman and host of the IRU World Congress next year, invited IRU members to the event which will be held in November.



As of 1 January 2018, the new IRU leadership will be: 

Presidential Executive

Christian Labrot, BWVL e V., Germany

Vice Presidents
Radu Dinescu, UNTRR, Romania
Jos Sales, FLEAA, Luxembourg

Nominated by Passenger Transport Council
Leonid Kostiuchenko, AsMAP UA, Ukraine
Christiane Leonard, BDO, Germany 

Nominated by Goods Transport Council
Jan Buczek, ZMPD, Poland
Arthur van Dijk, TLN Netherlands
Bekmyrat Eyeberdiev, THADA, Turkmenistan
Aslı Gözütok, TOBB, Turkey
Andrey Kurushin, ASMAP, Russia

Passenger Transport Council 

Jos Sales, President, FLEAA, Luxembourg

Vice Presidents
Christiane Leonard, BDO, Germany
Anna Grønlund, SBF, Sweden

Goods Transport Council

Radu Dinescu, UNTRR, Romania

Vice Presidents
Emil Milev, AMERIT, FYROM, Macedonia
Natalia Vysotskaya, BAMAP, Belarus


Christian Labrot 
Christian Labrot has a distinguished career in transport, which started in 1979 at BWV, the German Association of Professional Transport Companies and Shippers.  He was appointed Managing Director of BWV in 1990 and became Secretary General of the German Federation of Economics, Transport and Logistics (BWVL e.V.) in 1995. 

Mr Labrot has served as a member of various IRU Commissions for many years, including:

  • President of the IRU Liaison Committee for own-account transport (CLCP) for two years;
  • Vice-President of the Goods Transport Liaison Committee with the European Union (CLTM) for four years;
  • Member of the Finance Commission since 1997;
  • President of the Finance Commission from 2012-2015;
  • Member of the Presidential Executive from 2012-2015.

Mr Labrot studied economics at the University of Bonn, Germany (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität), specialising in transport economics, where he graduated in 1979. He holds an MA in Economics, is happily married, and is the proud father of two children.