by Sarah J.F. Braley | February 27, 2015
Meeting Professionals International has hired Michael Woody as COO. He fills the position recently held by Cindy D'Aoust, who left in early December and is now executive vice president of membership and operations for the Cruise Lines International Association. Woody will be charged with leading the association's daily operations and marketing efforts, as well as ensuring the delivery of communitywide member value and brand consistency. He will start his new job on March 23, reporting to MPI president and CEO Paul Van Deventer. Woody currently is assistant executive director for the Grapevine (Texas) Convention and Visitors Bureau. "We are very excited to have Michael join the MPI leadership team. He brings a unique blend of passion for MPI and our community, with broad experience across the hospitality and meeting and event industries, including hotels, F&B, publishing and DMOs," said Van Deventer. "We believe Michael’s hands-on approach to promoting and differentiating the Grapevine CVB will be instrumental as we continue to grow our association."