Organisational Announcement

We are pleased to announce the recent appointment of Mr. Dirk P. Tirez (bpost – Belgium) as a Member of the Management Board, Mrs. Elena Fernández (Correos – Spain) as Chair of the European Union Affairs Committee and Mr. David Pilkington (Royal Mail – UK) as Chair of the Security and Customs Transversal.

PostEurop Management Board

Dirk Tirez replaces Jan Smedts, who has decided to join the Cabinet of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Security and Home Affairs of Belgium.

Dirk Tirez is the Group General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of bpost responsible for the corporate, legal, regulatory and strategic departments of bpost. He has been with bpost now for nearly 12 years.  Dirk is also a member of the board of directors of Women on Board. He is multilingual and the author of numerous publications in the area of European securities laws and regulations.  Prior to bpost, Dirk has held several positions including as member of the Executive Committee, General Counsel and Company Secretary of Easdaq, (which later became NASDAQ Europe, a subsidiary of The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc.) and as counsel to the Office of Mr. Philippe Maystadt, the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Foreign Trade.  He was also associated with international leading law firms (Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and Covington & Burling) and worked both in New York and Brussels, as an attorney admitted to the New York and the Brussels Bars.

The European Union Affairs Committee (EAC)

Mrs. Elena Fernández from Correos (Spain), a former member of the PostEurop Management Board and Chair of the UPU and Restricted Unions Affairs Committee (UAC) has been appointed as the new Chair of the European Union Affairs Committee, taking over the leadership from Dirk Tirez. 

Elena Fernández has been performing her duties as the Head of International Affairs and Regulation Department at Correos, Spain, for more than 10 years now.  In addition to a Bachelor Degree in Law from the  Universidad Complutense of Madrid, and a Master in International Relations and Foreign Trade by Aliter Business School (Madrid, Spain) and the University of Berkeley (California, USA), Elena has also passed several post-degree seminars and courses on Strategic Management and Assessment of Public Policies, Private-Public Interest Management and Advocacy. Moreover, she is a specialist in Planning and Management of Development Cooperation Interventions by the Organization of American States and has a Graduate Level Course on Business Communication. 

In addition to her responsibilities linked to the International Affairs Area, she acts as advisor of the President & CEO of Correos on international and regulatory affairs and ensures alignment of the international and regulatory policies with corporate strategy.

The Security and Customs Transversal (SCT)

Mr. David Pilkington from Royal Mail Group has been appointed as the new Chair of the Security and Customs Transversal (SCT), taking over from Nicolaas Van der Meer (PostNL).

David Pilkington is the Head of International and Customs Policy with over 30 years’ of experience in the postal sector. David has worked in the UK and abroad as a senior consultant for the British Postal Consultancy Service (BPCS) in South America and the Caribbean. During his time in the region he also worked with the World Bank on development projects and assisted the British Virgin Islands Post Office in its transformation program. At PostEurop, he has been a member of the Management Board since March 2011. With a broad knowledge of Customs and Security matters, he is the vice-chair of the PostEurop Customs Working Group.

David is the Head of the British Delegation for the UPU. He holds a number of key positions on the POC as well as being the current vice-chair of the Conference of Commonwealth Postal Admission (CCPA) and a member of the Board of the Caribbean Post Union (CPU). He has a key role in leading the modernisation and transformation of the UK postal customs services through operational change, improving efficiency and migrating the customs process to a digital platform. He is responsible for managing all of Royal Mail’s multilateral relationships with various stakeholders

On behalf of all Members, we would like to welcome Dirk, Elena and David in their new roles.

Best Regards,

Botond Szebeny
PostEurop Secretary General

See Also

  1. Management Board
  2. European Affairs Union Committee
  3. Security and Customs Transversal (SCT)
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