Paul Van Deventer
President & Chief Executive Officer
Paul Van Deventer joined the MPI Global Team in April 2013 as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). In this role, he leads the strategic direction of the association and is responsible for managing its global staff, operating budget, and membership programs and services. In addition, Paul works closely with MPI’s Board of Directors and serves as a liaison to the MPI Foundation.
He has held a variety of leadership positions throughout his career and has a proven track record for driving business growth and creating brand value. Paul most recently served as divisional vice president of the Health & Wellness Division at Walgreens, the largest drug store chain in the United States. Prior to Walgreens, he was the senior vice president of Sales and Field Services at Mitchell International, Inc., a leading provider of information, software and business solutions for the automotive insurance and collision repair markets.
Earlier in his career, Paul spent 22 years with American Express where he gained experience with the business travel and meeting and event industries. He held positions as director of Multinational Sales and Operations, managing a global business unit with responsibility for more than 50 business travel customer service centers, 500 employees and a meetings/events group focused on the automotive industry. He also served as vice president and head of Corporate Services Sales – Australia and New Zealand, with responsibility for corporate card and business travel services, and later as vice president and general manager of Corporate Services, Western United States and vice president and general manager of the Multinational Client Group.
Paul currently is co-chair of the Meetings Mean Business (MMB) Coalition, a cross-industry communications and advocacy initiative. He also serves on the board of directors for the U.S. Travel Association, Convention Industry Council, and Women In Travel (WINit). Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from Villanova University and an MBA with a finance concentration from Columbia University.