by Lisa A. Grimaldi | April 17, 2013

 Meeting Professionals International's board of directors has appointed Paul Van Deventer as the association's new president and chief executive officer, effective April 29. MPI has been without a top executive since last June, when Bruce MacMillan resigned from the post; since his departure, COO Cindy D'Aoust has led the group. Van Deventer most recently served as a vice president in the health and wellness division of Walgreens, where he was responsible for overseeing revenue generation and client retention for the drugstore chain's suite of employer-focused health-care solutions. Prior to that, Van Deventer spent 22 years with American Express, where, as senior director of multinational sales and operations, he had direct experience with the business travel sector and meetings and events. “Having led business groups for blue-chip Fortune 100 companies, Paul is a seasoned senior executive with both international and travel industry experience and a proven track record for driving growth, creating brand value and developing high-performing, engaged teams from the inside out,” said Kevin Hinton, MPI chairman and the executive vice president of Associated Luxury Hotels International, in a statement about the appointment.