The International Association of Conference Centres (IACC) board of directors has elected Alex Cabañas as global president.
The CEO of Benchmark Hospitality International will serve a two-year term as head of the association.
Cabañas has been active with IACC for a number of years and serves as vice-president of the IACC-Americas chapter, having joined the IACC-Americas board in 2011 and the IACC Global Board in 2012.
Cabañas co-chaired a task force to conduct a global review of IACC and leads the IACC 2020 task force, which is developing a strategy that will will set goals for the organisation over the next five years.
“IACC is a global community of people and meeting venues committed to delivering exceptional meeting experiences,” said Cabañas.
“We lead the small meetings industry and create trust with meeting planners and our clients through the delivery of the most productive meeting environments available.
“Perhaps, most importantly, our members support and learn from each other. There is a kinship within IACC like no other association that I’ve been affiliated with. It is a privilege to step into the global president’s role and support the continued growth of IACC.”
The association has 350 conference and meeting venue members in 22 countries.
Outgoing global president, Peter Stewart said: “Alex comes to the role of global president after a significant contribution at a global level, where IACC has developed a strategy for the future, through IACC 2.0. He comes to his new role with great enthusiasm and is very well placed to lead the association over the coming years.”