WPO secretary general and chief staff officer Pierre J. Louis will formally retire from his WPO duties at that time. The board has elected William C. Pflaum to succeed Louis. Pflaum holds the same staff duties with IoPP and several other packaging-related organizations in the U.S. and will continue in those roles. In announcing the change G.K. Townshend current WPO president commended Louis for his unstinting devotion to packaging on a global scale. WPO also has launched what it calls "a comprehensive packaging center" on the Internet's World Wide Web. WPO is joined as a "founding sponsor" by the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) in the U.S. and the DuPont Co. Pflaum says the goal is to maximize the global resources of WPO by establishing sites for each institute and country. "Our strategy will be to build overall utility and informational content first and foremost" says Pflaum. "And to make that content readily easily and freely available to those who need it anywhere anytime." The site name is http://www.packinfo-world.org.