by Sarah J.F. Braley | September 21, 2012

The International Association of Conference Centres has appointed Mark Cooper of Warwickshire, England, as its CEO. Cooper will take the position Oct. 8, overlapping with outgoing executive vice president Tom Bolman, who retires at the end of the year after 30 years leading IACC's staff. When Bolman announced he would be leaving the organization, more than 30 IACC leaders gathered to chart a new path for the group before choosing a new top executive. They compiled a report, "IACC's Roadmap to the Future," which called for the appointment of a CEO with more global responsibilities. Cooper's main objective will be to grow the membership base around the world. He has been in the meetings industry for more than 25 years, working for both U.S. and European-based organizations, including several conference center management companies such as Dolce Hotels and the Sundial Group. Cooper also has held positions on both the European and global boards of IACC. Cooper, who lives north of London, has no plans to move to St. Louis where IACC currently is based.