ICSC Announces New Chair, New Membership Agreements

523LaRueIt’s a big news week for the International Council of Shopping Centres. First, the organization announced its 2013-2014 Chairman: David J. LaRue, president and CEO of Forest City Enterprises.

“Forest City’s experience over such a wide spectrum of real estate categories makes David a great choice for chairman of ICSC,” said Michael P. Kercheval, ICSC’s president and CEO, noting the organization’s increasingly broad membership. “Our members are building shopping centers, mixed-use and other kinds of projects; they are everywhere, and working in every kind of real estate.”

LaRue, 52, has been an active ICSC member for nearly 20 years and a trustee since 2008. He has served on the ICSC Global Task Force, taking part in the most ambitious review of the organization’s programs and services. He has been an advocate of ICSC’s Global Public Policy efforts in Washington, contributing to the ICSC PAC, and he has spoken at ICSC events.

He succeeds Brad M. Hutensky, president and principal of Hutensky Capital Partners, Hartford, Conn.

The organizes has also announced four new membership agreements with international industry councils, including the Shopping Centres Association of India (SCAI), the Shopping Centre Council of Australia (SCCA), and the British and French Councils of Shopping Centres. As Member Companies of the ICSC, those organizations can now extend the full breadth of ICSC Membership benefits to their own members.

“These collaborative agreements are a significant step towards strengthening the global shopping center industry,” said Kercheval. “ICSC is confident that other countries and shopping center councils across the world will follow suit and form an even greater and more unified industry.”

The addition of the British and French Councils to the ICSC brings ICSC Europe to an all-time high of over 7000 members.

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