The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) has appointed Didier Scaillet its new chief excellence officer (CEO), serving both SITE and the SITE Foundation.
Scaillet (pictured) will be formally introduced to the SITE community at the annual general meeting of members held during the SITE + MPI Global Forum taking place in Rome, 12-14 January 2018.
In October, a search committee comprised of SITE board members and Foundation trustees undertook a global search to identify a replacement for Kevin Hinton, who announced he would be leaving the organisation in late January.
“Finding an experienced professional to fill Kevin’s shoes was not an easy task. We received resumes from 12 potential candidates and went through a three-stage process to narrow the field down to three. After rigorous interviews, we all agreed that Didier has the highest degree of association management experience, knowledge of the global MICE landscape and clearly articulates a strategic vision for SITE,” said Annamaria Ruffini, SITE president 2018 and president and CEO, Events In & Out.
A MICE industry veteran, Scaillet started his career working for one of the first association management companies in Europe.
For 18 years he held various roles with Meeting Professionals International (MPI) as director of European operations, vice-president of global development and chief development officer for MPI and the MPI Foundation.
Most recently, Scaillet was vice-president business development for Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), responsible for the global re-design and integration of the organisation’s executive partnership programme and expansion of revenue in new categories and markets.
Joining Ruffini in the announcement was John J. Iannini, SITE Foundation president 2018 and vice-president, business travel and meetings & events Americas, Melia Hotels International.
“Didier will be able to transfer his success in fundraising at the MPI Foundation, coupled with his experience managing global research for CLIA, to help the Foundation trustees advance our mission. We are eager to collaborate to strengthen our brand pillars and bring our members and the global incentive industry more relevant content and research to prove that incentive travel directly correlates to business results.”
Scaillet has engaged and served on various industry forums and organisations: Joint Meetings Industry Council, Events Industry Council, Canadian Tourism Commission and United Nations World Tourism Organisation. He was also instrumental in the development of the Meetings & Business Events Competency Standards, which was the backbone for the development of SITE’s competency-based education model for incentive professionals.
“I am very excited and honoured to be serving the SITE community, its leadership and the incentive travel industry at large. The organisation is going through some major transformations, with many opportunities to seize global growth, advocacy, value-added content, digital engagement and sustainability,” Scaillet said.
“Following Kevin Hinton’s footsteps as the chief excellence officer is a privilege and I am looking forward to an amazing journey, building a stronger voice for incentive travel worldwide.”
Scaillet will assume the CEO role leading the association’s global management team on 1 February. A Belgian native, he will be relocating to the US and will report directly to the presidents of the SITE International Board of Directors and SITE Foundation Board of Trustees.
SITE has grown to nearly 2,200 members in 84 countries with 29 local and regional chapters.