The Association of Interim Managers in Spain (AIME) held their 2nd national congress on October 4th, which was a tremendous success with nearly 350 people attending during the day.
One of the AIME congress sessions held in Madrid
The IIM was invited to participate in the event and Tony Evans, Co-Chairman, represented the institute on the day. Also participating from the international perspective was Maurizio Quarta who represents the IIM chapter in Italy and Dr. Irina Karsunke, representing our German sister organisation, DDIM – Dachgesellschaft Deutsches Interim Management e.V.
Pío Iglesias, José Luis Portela López, Gianpiero Brozzi and Alberto Fernández Varela were the drivers behind the organisation of the congress and are the directors of the Association. Great credit is due to them for what they have achieved. Attendees included a mixture of practising interims, those looking at the concept as a career move, local providers, sponsors and end-client companies.
The conference kicked off with a session where José Luis interviewed Tony about the UK interim market and how it operates today. He promised right from the start not to mention Brexit but I can tell you that outside the formal sessions it was a very popular conversation topic. And I thought I’d get a rest from it for a day or two…
In the afternoon, the IIM participated in a Q.& A. session with Irina and Maurizio, chaired by Ivan Baltazar of Robert Walters (RW is a recent IIM affiliate by the way). Many questions were raised which allowed comparisons between the situation in Spain and elsewhere in Europe. Members would no doubt recognise many of the questions, including: “what do you do to secure the work from the client?”
At the end of the day and after a number of sessions including intervals where a stand-up Spanish comedian revitalised the audience, several presentations were made by AIME. The IIM received an award for its contribution to the development of interim management internationally, which was pleasing to receive in recognition of work and connections made over the years.
Award recipients at AIME Congress’18
And the Award…
During the various presentations in the day, local country market information was presented, some of which is shown below for you to test your Spanish out on. Day rates have some way to go to match those elsewhere in Europe but I can tell you the weather is much better. On the day of the congress, we had clear blue skies and temperatures in excess of 30C. The locals did point out that this was warm for the time of year but it made a nice change from the greyer, cooler climes of the UK.
A number of connections were made with the local market through this activity, which may prove useful to members who have aspirations to operate in organisations where a combination of English and Spanish language skills would be a definite advantage. One other point to note is that the Spanish market does not (yet) extend to the public sector there.