Karen Kotowski Steps Down From Events Industry Council

January 14, 2019

Karen Kotowski, who has led the Events Industry Council (EIC) for the past 10 years, has tendered her resignation as CEO.

With this change in leadership, EIC has initiated a search to identify a new CEO.

During her tenure, Karen Kotowski oversaw the growth of EIC’s Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) program and the completion of three studies on the Economic Significance of Meetings in the U.S.

In addition, she led the first-ever Global Economic Significance Study -- research that has provided indisputable proof of the economic impact of our industry and a platform for articulating the value of business events.

“Karen has dedicated herself to the events industry and provided ten years of leadership to our association through a rebranding, management transition and growth of our CMP programme,” said Tina Wehmeir, chair of the Events Industry Council board of directors.

She added, “During this time of transition, we plan to identify a new CEO who brings a global perspective and background to help in further broadening the reach of our organization and certification programme.”

This change in leadership comes at a time when the EIC is working on enhancing its value offerings, extending the CMP programme globally, expanding its educational programming and increasing its focus on enabling sustainable events.

Building on the recent momentum and rebranding, the board said it is focused on redefining EIC’s mission, vision and long-term strategic plan.

EIC will be seeking a leader who can inspire the council while implementing the organization’s vision -- a leader who brings a diverse global perspective and a proven track-record of business growth, collaboration and strategic vision.

To lead the search, the board has named a search committee consisting of an accomplished and diverse group of seven industry leaders chaired by Carina Bauer, CEO, IMEX Group.

In partnership with their management company, SmithBucklin, they have engaged Jim Zaniello of the search firm, Vetted Solutions, who will work collaboratively with Jonathan Morgan at London-based Saxton Bampfylde.

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