Doreen Biela, CEM, chair of the board of directors of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) announced today that David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA will serve as the new president of the organization effective in October.
DuBois currently serves as the president and CEO of the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau and has extensive events industry experience having served previously in executive leadership roles with Sheraton and Ritz-Carlton Hotels, the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and Meeting Professionals International (MPI). In addition, he has served the industry in many volunteer leadership roles and is recognized as a leading and respected advocate of the events industry.
Biela noted, “IAEE is fortunate to have enjoyed a lengthy CEO transition period which permitted us to engage in a very comprehensive national search for our next chief staff executive and ensure a seamless leadership transition. Ultimately David became the unanimous choice of our search committee and board of directors. We are confident that David will provide us with the same kind of creative, enthusiastic, and effective leadership that we have enjoyed for so long.”
Long-time IAEE President Steven Hacker, CAE, FASAE, who is stepping aside in October commented, “The selection of David as IAEE’s next president is a brilliant choice. I have known and admired David for almost two decades, and we have worked closely together on many successful projects. I am excited to know that the IAEE staff will be led by a polished professional who knows our industry and is committed to its future.”
“After having worked with Steven for a number of years, and knowing David, I could not think of a better person to take the reins of IAEE and lead the organization. David has a solid background in key segments of the events industry that will uniquely benefit IAEE,” said IAEE Chief Operating Officer Cathy Breden, CAE, CMP. “The staff and I look forward to working with him in moving IAEE forward in its mission.”
“It is an honour and a pleasure to have been selected to become the new staff leader of IAEE. Our association is the principle global resource for those who plan, produce and service the exhibitions and events industry. I enthusiastically look forward to working closely with the staff and volunteer leaders of IAEE as we continue to promote the unique value of exhibitions and other events that bring buyers and sellers together,” said DuBois.
A detailed CEO transition plan has been in place and has guided all the key elements of the change for the IAEE president position. Dubois will commence work at IAEE on Thursday, 4 October 2012 and can be reached on or after that date at [email protected].
Since 1928, IAEE continues to provide quality and value to its members through leadership, service, education and strong relationships. IAEE is the largest association of the exhibitions and events industry in the world, with a membership of show organizers, exhibitors and exhibition suppliers. Organizers of more than 20,000 exhibitions and buyer-seller events around the world are members of IAEE. Through the 2006 consolidation with the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR), IAEE delivers valuable industry research reports. IAEE also supports the IAEE Public Events Council, The International Center for Exhibitor and Event Marketing, and the Exhibition and Event Industry Audit Commission, which are IAEE councils that provide products, programs and information to members. IAEE recognizes its strategic partners: American Airlines, ASP, Inc., Bearcom, Mexico Tourism Board, New Orleans Morial Convention Center, New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau, Orange County Convention Center and Visit Orlando, Vertical Nerve, Inc. and VoiceLogic. Visit www.iaee.com for more information.