The move aims to reflect the changed nature of the association from a European-based entity to a genuinely global body. The announcement was made at FEPE International’s 60th
annual congress in Dubai, held on Wednesday, 1 May to Friday, 3 May.
FEPE International president Tom Goddard says, "It’s fitting that this change is announced at our 60th
annual congress, a record-breaking event with over 400 delegates from across the world, held outside Europe.
"Moving on from FEPE is like saying goodbye to a much-loved old friend, but OOH is a truly global and rapidly-changing industry in 2019 and moving from FEPE to the World Out of Home Organization reflects these seismic changes," adds Goddard.
FEPE (Federation European Publicite Exterieur) was founded in Paris by French outdoor pioneer Jacques Dauphin 60 years ago and initially comprised the national outdoor advertising federations of France, Germany, Belgium, Finland, Italy and the Netherlands. It now has members (including many national associations) from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Latin America, India and China.
The new name, logo and other related visual materials were developed with the help of UK brand consultancy Heavenly.
Heavenly CEO Richard Sunderland says, "Heavenly was engaged to help modernise the FEPE brand, ensuring it better reflected the unprecedented level of innovation that is now transforming the OOH sector."
"The name itself had become an acronym that not many could decode, even among the membership, and one that did not truly reflect the international role the organisation now plays," he adds.
FEPE International will transform to the World of Out Home Organization over the coming months.
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