Last 17 of February the EICF Board of Directors held an online session meeting. Mrs Magdalena Nizik, Board member and Vice chairwoman of the EICF communicated her decision of stepping down from the Board, following her departure from CPP Corporation Poland to new ventures. The EICF Chairman expressed to Mrs Nizik the collective Board recognition expression on her contribution to the Federation and her leadership and commitment in pursuing excellence in supporting EICF activities. Following the deliverance of the Board the candidancy of Mr. Philippe Hoste (Castingpar Group CEO) was approved to fill in the empty chair left by Mrs Nizik. Philippe HOSTE is active in the Investment Casting industry since 2015, as Managing Director of the CASTINGPAR GROUP, having today 3 plants employing a total of 200 people: the SETTAS foundry (Charleroi, Belgium), the PRECIMETAL foundry (Seneffe, Belgium) and the MPO machine shop (Orléans, France). CASTINGPAR is producing and exporting castings to 24 countries mainly for aerospace and defense applications. Before being in the Investment Casting industry, Philippe has been involved as CEO of aerospace manufacturing projects in France, Canada, USA, Morocco and Belgium with several achievements in business development, turnaround and M&A. Mr. Hoste has been an active “observer to the board” since 2019 and is well acquainted with the EICF BoD proceedings. The position of Vice chairman remains open until the next EICF AISBL AGM to be held in May 2021.