Glass for Europe, the trade association of Europe's manufacturers of building, automotive and solar-energy glass, has elected Dr Reha Akcakaya as its Chairman.

Dr Akcakaya is President of Şişecam’s Flat Glass Group and takes over the Chairmanship from Mr Houchan Shoeibi from Saint-Gobain.

He has served as Vice-chairman for the past four years. Şişecam is an industrial group operating on an international scale in the fields of glass and chemicals production. It ranks among the top 5 flat glass companies in the world and Europe. With its manufacturing site in Targovishte, Bulgaria, Şişecam is still to date the largest greenfield investor in Bulgaria.

Dr Akcakaya is an engineer and glass scientist by academic training and brings 18 years of experience and knowledge of flat glass to his new role. In the past decade, he worked as Trakya automotive glass Plant Manager and was promoted Director of Automotive Glass in 2009. He was appointed Şişecam’s Flat Glass Group President in January 2014.

During Glass for Europe’s recent General Assembly, Mr Christian Quenett, Head of Architectural Glass Europe of NSG Group, was elected Vice-Chairman. The Board of Directors is also composed of Mr Philippe Bastien, General Manager Europe, Building & Industrial Division of AGC Glass Europe and Mr Houchan Shoeibi, President of Saint- Gobain Sekurit.