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Edinburgh International Conference Centre boss to retire

Edinburgh International Conference Centre
Image caption The centre is said to have boosted the local economy by £400m in its 20-year history

The boss of Edinburgh's main conference centre is to retire, after having managed it for 20 years, since it opened.

Hans Rissmann will stand down from running the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) in April 2015.

The move will leave a long period to recruit his successor and ensure continuity for long-term bookings.

Mr Rissmann's departure announcement follows the expansion of the conference centre.

It is owned by the City of Edinburgh Council, which claims that the centre has hosted nearly one million delegates and contributed £400m to the city economy over its 20-year history.

Council chief executive Sue Bruce said: "Hans has made huge personal contribution through his exemplary leadership.

"EICC has played a leading role in attracting major businesses to collocate and contribute to the re-generation of an important part of the city centre."

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