Doreen Biela, CEM, chair of the board of directors of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE), has announced that David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA, will serve as the new president of the organization effective October 4.
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 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."
DuBois said, "It is an honor 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.”