The new year has opened
with a flurry of changes among the ranks of people running U.S. destination management organizations.
Some noteworthy moves:
• The Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, formerly LA Inc., announced that Ernest Wooden Jr. has succeeded Mark Liberman as president and CEO. Liberman announced his retirement last May. Wooden has spent more than a decade in senior leadership positions with Hilton Hotels Corp. “The tourism industry is a tapestry of varying businesses,” he said. “Weaving them together to create the most compelling experience to entice visitors is dimensionally complicated and very intriguing.”
• The Fort Worth (Texas) Convention & Visitors Bureau named Bob Jameson as its new president and CEO, effective Jan. 19. He takes over for David DuBois, who now leads the International Association of Exhibitions and Events. Jameson, formerly general manager of the city’s Worthington Renaissance Hotel, has twice served as chairman of the CVB’s board.
• Visit Jacksonville (Fla.) has selected Paul Astleford as its new president and CEO. Astleford has more than 42 years of experience in the industry, most recently as president and CEO at Experience Columbus, the Ohio city’s DMO. Filling his former post will be Brian Ross, vice president of sales for Experience Columbus.
• In New York state, Donald Jeffries has been named president and CEO of VisitRochester. Before joining the DMO on Jan. 15, Jeffries served as CEO of the Rochester Broadway Theater League. He replaces Ed Hall, who helmed the bureau for 15 years before announcing his retirement.