MPI appoints new president

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has appointed Paul Van Deventer as MPI president and chief executive officer.

MPI's new president, Paul Van Deventer
MPI's new president, Paul Van Deventer

Van Deventer previously served as a vice president at Walgreens, following a 22-year career with American Express.

In his new role, which he will begin on April 29, Van Deventer will have responsibility for managing MPI’s operating budget, while overseeing all membership programs and services and working closely with MPI’s board of directors to guide the association’s vision and industry growth. He will also serve as liaison to the MPI Foundation, dedicated to advancing the meetings and event profession.

Kevin Hinton, MPI Chairman and Executive Vice President of Associated Luxury Hotels International said: "Having led business groups for blue chip Fortune 100 companies, Paul is a seasoned senior executive with both international and travel industry experience and a proven track record for driving growth, creating brand value and developing high-performing, engaged teams from the inside out.

"Paul is client-focused, smart and engaging, possessing the skills and experience to build strong relationships and transform businesses. We believe he’s the right leader to leverage our existing strengths and strategy to broaden MPI’s impact – be it through new partnerships, products or market opportunities. He will be a compelling evangelist for MPI, as we look to expand our engagement with members, chapters, the business community and the broader meetings and events industry."

Michael Dominguez, MPI CEO Search Committee Chair and Senior Vice President of Sales at MGM Resorts International added: "The search committee looked at a broad array of candidates within and outside the industry. Our primary focus was to find a high-caliber, globally-minded leader with exceptional communications skills, brand building experience and the ability to drive incremental growth and engagement. Paul was that person. We believe he will prove to be a collaborative leader whose conviction, focus and intensity aligns well with the job at hand at MPI."

Van Deventer said: "MPI has a rich history of industry leadership, education and best practice facilitation, led by a group of passionate and engaged volunteers and professional staff," he said. "I am excited to be returning to my meetings and travel roots to help leverage MPI’s strong brand and vibrant chapter network to invigorate and engage MPI members and expand MPI’s global reach and role as an industry advocate."

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