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Riccardo Benussi, Director of Europe, Appointed to ETL Global’s Board of Directors


  • Riccardo Benussi has been appointed to the ETL Global Board as Director, along with two additional directors
  • The appointment was announced at ETL’s annual Global Conference held in Lisbon, Portugal in October
  • Riccardo’s selection reflects both Dezan Shira & Associates’ active participation in the network, as well as Asia’s continued and growing importance to the global business community

Riccardo Benussi, Dezan Shira & Associates’ Director of Europe, joins Dr. Christian Gorny, CEO of ETL, and Antoine de Riedmatten, Chairman of the Management Board In Extenso & Associés, on the Board of ETL Global.

As members of the Global Board, Riccardo and his peers will oversee the work of the Executive Director, helping shape quality standards and priorities, as well as being a spokesperson of the ETL Global network.

The Leadership of ETL announced Riccardo’s appointment at the annual ETL Global Conference in October in Lisbon, Portugal. It was the first in-person Global Conference since the outbreak of the pandemic and as such, carried the motto “Re-initiating the Network”. Participants at this year’s conference joined in speed-dating and technical networking sessions, expanding their personal connections with over 200 attendees from all over the world.

The appointment reflects Riccardo and Dezan Shira & Associates’ active participation in ETL Global, in addition to the firm’s footprint and expanding presence across Asia. The continent continues to grow in importance for the European business community, increasingly attractive for both supply chain solutions and consumer market potential.

Speaking of the appointment, Riccardo comments, “I am honored to be appointed to such a role and for an outstanding network of global professionals. I will support the rest of the board and the CEO in overseeing activities, guaranteeing a professional handling of the board’s mission, and representing the network to the board and vice-versa.”

Europe’s Trade with Asia

 Asia’s importance to European business’ supply chains continues to grow. Four out of ten of the EU27’s top trading partners in 2021 were Asian countries, representing 23.7% of total EU27 trade for that year:

  • #1 China (EUR 696,127 million);
  • #8 Japan (EUR 124,621 million);
  • #9 South Korean (EUR 107,297 million);
  • #10 India (EUR 87,999 million)

China also occupies a position in the UK’s top ten trading partners, with total trade in 2021 reaching EUR 106,512 million.

Elsewhere in Asia, the EU is ASEAN’s (Association of the South East Asian Nations) third largest trading partner after China and the US. In 2021, the EU imported a total of EUR 136.3 billion worth of goods from this region.

Dezan Shira & Associates’ Presence in Asia

With over 35 offices in China, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, India, and more, along with our large team of legal, accounting, tax, payroll and HR, and technology professionals, Dezan Shira & Associates is positioned to provide advice regarding investing in or growing your operations in the East, South and Southeast Asian region.

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