Jacob Kristensen from Denmark has been elected International President Elect for 2019/20. He will take office as International President on 1 July 2020.
Following the sudden passing of Poul-Henrik Hove Jakobsen in September, the Nominating Committee submitted three candidates to the Regions in order that a new International President-Elect could be elected. In accordance with the International Constitution, Regions were given 30 days to return the ballots.
In a well-supported election process, 42 of the 43 Regions submitted their vote.
Jacob, a retired school principal, joined Y’s Men in 1981 and is currently a member of the Y’s Men’s Club of Ringkøbing. He has previously served as an International Council Member (2007-10) and was the Europe Area President in 2010. Jacob has frequently engaged his classroom skills within his work with YMI, notably as the Area Service Director for Leadership Training and Organisational Development (ASD LTOD) in Area Europe since 2012.
One of Jacob’s first responsibilities will be to attend the upcoming RDE Summit in Toledo, Ohio (USA) in November where he will be formally inducted.