by Lisa A. Grimaldi | September 30, 2015
Destination Marketing Association International has retained Searchwide, an executive recruiting firm for the travel and meetings industry, to find a new president and CEO for the organization following Michael Gehrisch's recent departure

"During the next few weeks we will talk to as many key stakeholders as possible to get their input before starting the search, and Searchwide will be able to assist us with this," said Bob Lander, chairman of the DMAI board of directors and CEO of the Austin CVB. "We want to be thoughtful, thorough and transparent as we work through this process." DMAI's volunteer leaders will meet in Dallas early next month to discuss the future of the organization as well as the search for a new CEO. Charles Jeffers, COO of DMAI, currently is serving as interim CEO.