by Sarah J.F. Braley | June 19, 2015
The board of directors for the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority has appointed Fred Peterson, a 16-year-veteran of the authority, as its interim executive director. Peterson's most recent position has been the director of facilities operations at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center. He takes over for longtime executive director James E. Rooney, who is becoming the president and CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.
"On behalf of the entire board, we are pleased to have a candidate with Fred's qualifications take the lead as our interim executive director," said John McDonnell, board chair of the MCCA and managing director international of Fifth Generation Inc., Tito's Handmade Vodka. "With his long history at the MCCA, his experience managing operations from a high level and his understanding of the smallest details that go into what makes the authority run day-to-day, we have great confidence that the MCCA will continue to do outstanding work while we search for a permanent executive director."
In May, the authority's board created a search committee to fill the permanent position; the committee met for the first time Friday and has hired Korn Ferry, an executive recruitment and talent management firm, to find candidates. The search should take four to six months. According to the MCCA, Peterson will not be a candidate for the permanent position.