Global industry association Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has named Darren Temple as its new chief operations officer (COO).
Temple previously served as the association’s chief business development officer leading strategic business development and global sales planning. He will continue to report to MPI president and CEO Paul Van Deventer.
As COO, Temple is charged with driving strategic business plans, revenue growth and brand consistency throughout the organisation. He will also manage the Education & Events and Marketing & Communications teams.
Temple will continue to lead the MPI Foundation as executive vice-president, ex officio.
“Darren is a strong and seasoned leader. He is well-respected within our industry, and has been an invaluable member of our senior leadership team the past few years,” said Van Deventer. “I am confident Darren will excel as our new COO and look forward to partnering with him further to advance our strategy to increase member value and grow the MPI community.”
Prior to MPI, Temple held leadership positions with Visit Dallas, PSAV Presentation Services and Freeman.
“MPI is in a very strong position, and I am bullish on our future. We have made tremendous strides in expanding our portfolio of education offerings, reimagining our live events, collaborating with industry partners and advocating for our community over the past few years. I am excited about what’s next for MPI and it is truly an honor to serve as this association’s COO,” said Temple.
In addition, MPI has promoted Bernie Schraer to senior vice-president, global business development, reporting to Temple. Schraer previously served as vice-president of revenue & channel development. In this new role, he will assume responsibility for the association’s Global Sales Team and continue to manage the Strategic Alliance, Hosted Buyer, Publishing and Plan Your Meetings teams.
MPI has 17,000 members and 90 chapters and clubs in 19 countries.