John Carrillo, immediate past chairman of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) begins a two-year term today as chair of the Global Facility Management Association’s (Global FM) board of directors.
Carrillo’s appointment as chair-elect was ratified by Global FM’s board in September. He moves into the role following Duncan Waddell, who served as chairman for eight years. Ali Alsuwaidi of the Middle East Facility Management Association will serve a two-year term as vice-chair.
Established in 2006, Global FM is a federation of FM associations operating as a single entity to promote facilities management and act as a conduit for furthering the knowledge and understanding of FM.
Carrillo said: “We are living in extraordinary times. Covid-19 trends are driving significant changes in business survivability plans, spatial designs, sustainability and wellness priorities. Out of necessity, our industry must innovate. This requires industry leaders to pool resources and turn ideas into solutions to prepare for and adapt to the future of the built environment.”
He added: “Global FM has the outreach platform to work with private and public entities, along with academia and other service providers to provide the knowledge and tools required for FM practitioners. I welcome the opportunity to be part of this strategic effort and look forward to working with Ali and members of the Global FM board to enhance the vision and mission of the organisation.”
Carrillo has more than 40 years of experience in FM and corporate real estate at technology-related companies. As the director of planning, design and construction, West Region, for AT&T, his responsibilities included project management oversight of 40 million square feet for the 13 western US states and Guam. He has managed as many as 1,500 FM employees, developed strategic programmes, built a missile factory, decommissioned a nuclear reactor and managed a large seismic retrofit project in the San Francisco Bay area.
He has presented courses on FM/real estate, quality processes and use of digitisation in the workplace at the University of California at Berkeley. His long-term involvement with IFMA, including serving on IFMA’s global board of directors and on the IFMA Foundation Board of Trustees, earned him recognition as an IFMA fellow in 2006.
Welcoming Carrillo’s appointment, IWFM CEO and Global FM board member Linda Hausmanis said: “John takes the helm of Global FM at a crucial time of both challenge and opportunity for the workplace and facilities management sector. Responding to the global health emergency, which continues to dominate agendas, has accelerated trends and whetted appetites for change in our sector that have been brewing for decades.
“As a Global FM founding partner, IWFM stands ready to help facilities professionals worldwide derive something positive from this gargantuan challenge by building on the opportunity and the lessons the pandemic has taught us; not least about our huge potential as value creators and productivity enablers.
“IWFM extends congratulations to John and Ali. We look forward to working with them as they enhance Global FM’s vision and mission.”
Outgoing chair Waddell added: “Global FM is moving forward in its journey with new member associations joining our existing cohort of enthusiastic members and new directors, continuing to drive outcomes in support of the FM profession and industry around the world. I look forward to supporting John in his role as chair of the Global FM board.”
Global FM welcomed three new member organisations to the federation – the Panamanian Association of Facility Management (APAFAM), the Egyptian Facility Management Association (EGYFMA), and the Turkish Facility Management Association (TRFMA)
It also announced the following additions to its board: IFMA president and COO Don Gilpin; TRFMA chairman Gökçenur Çelebioğlu; TRFMA general secretary Altınay Gökşin; APAFAM chair, Manuel Humberto Medina; and Sherif Maged of EGYFMA.
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