Waddington’s appointment was announced at an EMA launch event for more than 70 members at Spencer House, London, last night (8 October).
Formerly known as Cope UK, the EMA is an association for corporate event marketers and planners. Waddington, former chief executive of First Protocol and the events industry visiting fellow at Sheffield Hallam University, said he had been a "fan, friend and supporter" of Cope since meeting its US founder, Edna Greenbaum, more than 20 years ago.
He added: "Elisabeth Kaufman DeTone, Cope UK founder and co-chair, and the steering committee have done an amazing job in establishing the association in the UK. However, there is a desire to take it to the next level which is impossible for them whilst in full time employment.
"Now I no longer wear my ‘agency hat’ and have a little more time on my hands, the committee asked if I’d consider taking on the challenge of helping to drive the association forward. I’m honoured to have been invited and have accepted wholeheartedly.
"My remit is clear: take EMA to the next level by developing the business plan, growing the membership, creating more events, developing content, and creating a voice for the membership in to the industry."