Dr. Shinsuke Sakakibara as new IFR President elected
Lindqvist's time of office ended
5 April 2011
Åke Lindqvist's time of office ended in Chicago. "We congratulate Åke Lindqvist on the Engelberger Award for Leadership 2011. We would like to thank for his ambitious and successful work for the International Federation of Robotics." said Dr. Shinsuke Sakakibara, IFR Vice President, during the IFR General Assembly meeting on 24 March 2011 in Chicago.
After the General Assembly meeting, the IFR Executive Board elected Dr. Shinsuke Sakakibara, Managing Counselor, FANUC CORPORATION, Japan, as the new IFR President. Dr. Sakakibara announced that he will continue to strengthen the IFR as the most important organization for the world robotics community. "The key focus areas will be continuing strong publication relation activities, the acquisition of members associations of emerging robot markets and the implementation of a new concept of the worldwide robotics conference, the ISR. I am looking forward to a close and fruitful cooperation with our members and the IFR Secretariat."
Arturo Baroncelli, Comau Robotics, Italy was elected as IFR Vice President. He stated: "Let us continue to work together for a further growth of the IFR and the development of the robot industry."