by Sarah J.F. Braley | January 11, 2019
Karen Kotowski, CAE, CMP, who has been the CEO of the Events Industry Council for 10 years, has resigned her CEO position. The EIC, an umbrella organization for the meetings industry, whose 30-plus member organizations represent more than 103,500 individuals and 19,500 firms and properties, has initiated an executive search to find her replacement.
Some of Kotowski's accomplishments for the meetings world include the growth of the EIC's Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) program and the completion of three iterations of the "Economic Significance of Meetings in the U.S." research, as well as the first "Global Economic Significance Study" -- studies that have defined the economic impact of the industry and provided data for those articulating the value of business events.
 
"Karen has dedicated herself to the events industry and provided 10 years of leadership to our association through a rebranding and management transition, and growth of our CMP program," said Tina Wehmeir, CMP, CAE, CEO of the AMC Institute and current chair of the Events Industry Council board of directors. "During this time of transition, we plan to identify a new CEO who brings a global perspective and background to help in further broadening the reach of our organization and certification program."
 
Building on its recent rebranding, the organization says its board is focused on redefining the EIC's mission, vision and long-term strategic plan. Among the goals, the EIC intends to further extend the CMP program globally, expand its educational programming and increase its support of sustainable events. According to the EIC, the group is looking for a leader who will bring a diverse global perspective and a proven track-record of business growth, collaboration and strategic vision.
 
A search committee of seven industry leaders has been formed and will be chaired by Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group. In partnership with EIC's management company, SmithBucklin, the group has hired Jim Zaniello of Washington, D.C.'s Vetted Solutions and Jonathan Morgan of Saxton Bampfylde in London to help gather and evaluate the candidates.