by Lisa A. Grimaldi | January 11, 2018

Meetings industry executive Didier Scaillet, left, has been selected to helm SITE. The new "chief excellence officer" - the top staff position for the incentive travel group - previously held executive positions with Meeting Professionals International and the Cruise Lines International Association. Scaillet will be introduced to attendees at Site's Global Forum, which takes begins Jan. 12 in Rome. In a statement to SITE chapter leaders, board chair Annamaria Ruffini said, "We look forward to our future with Didier."


Scaillet replaces current CEO Kevin Hinton, bottom, who told M&C last fall that he planned to step down from the post. In a statement sent to SITE members last year, Hinton said, "Over the next few years, we are poised for growth because of a collaborative effort to reimagine the SITE organizational structure and make changes to the fundamentals of how we manage our business. These proposed changes reflect thoughtful and deliberate planning and input from our members, board members and trustees, and myself and my management team. At this time of important transition, I feel that it is also time for me to step away and close out my work over the past four and a half years so that I can explore my next professional chapter. I am confident that SITE is positioned for successful growth and that my work is done, and have communicated my intention to resign from my position as SITE's CEO to Rajeev Kohli and Rhea Stagner after the SITE + MPI Global Forum in January."
He added, "This was not an easy decision, but one that aligns with my long-term professional and personal goals. I have many caring relationships in the SITE family and will always cherish the time I have spent here." Hinton will remain with the association until the end of the month to help with the transition.
"Having created a new management model for a successful future, a new CEO will be able to come in at this exciting time -- as we celebrate 45 years in 2018 -- to deliver important growth for SITE and continue our advocacy efforts on behalf of the global incentive travel industry," said Hinton.  "I am grateful for the opportunity to have served SITE and the foundation since 2013."