The Events Industry Council (EIC) has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer after a global executive search process, which considered 50 qualified potential candidates from around the world.
Candidates were considered by an EIC board appointed search committee chaired by Carina Bauer, CEO, IMEX Group, which eventually chose Amy Calvert, who currently serves as Senior Vice-President of Convention Sales and Services with Visit Baltimore.
“Our search committee was seeking a leader who brings a proven track-record of business growth, collaboration and strategic global vision,” said Bauer. “Amy’s dedication to advancing this industry and vision for EIC were key factors in our decision.”
“This is an exciting and fitting time for the events industry and for our organisation to have a new leader as we look to enhance our CMP programme, expand educational programming and increase our focus on enabling sustainable events. Building on the momentum from our rebranding, the board is focused on redefining our mission, vision and long-term global strategic plan in partnership with our new CEO,” said Tina Wehmeir, Chair of the Events Industry Council Board of Directors.
With more than 30 years of experience in hospitality and destination marketing, Calvert brings a diverse background from her roles with the Long Beach Convention Bureau, Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) and most recently with Visit Baltimore for the past 10 years.
At Visit Baltimore, Calvert was responsible for leading a significant transformation and launching a new marketing campaign to draw meetings to the city that resulted in doubling convention sales for Baltimore in the first few years.
Calvert said she was “honoured” to accept the appointment, adding: “Through my time in the industry, I have seen first-hand the positive economic and lasting social impact the event industry has on communities. It is essential we continue to share our story and inspire the hearts and minds of those we serve and celebrate the achievements of the dedicated professionals that pursue excellence in their career journey. Events have the power to transform lives and to shape a better world.”
The Events Industry Council’s more than 30 member organisations represent over 103,500 individuals and 19,500 firms and properties involved in the events industry.
Learn more at www.eventscouncil.org