by Sarah J.F. Braley | April 01, 2007

Katie Callahan-GiobbiFebruary was a month of reorganization at Dallas-based Meeting Professionals International, as several positions were filled or eliminated.

The new executive vice president of the MPI Foundation and strategic partnerships is Katie Callahan-Giobbi, right. She comes to MPI from a two-year stint as senior vice president of sales, service and membership at LA Inc., the Convention and Visitors Bureau. She also recently chaired the search committee that hired MPI president and CEO Bruce M. MacMillan.

To continue the organization’s international growth, MPI’s director of European operations and global development, Didier Scaillet, has been promoted to vice president of global development. Expected to join him in March, according to MacMillan, was a director of sales and EMEA (Europe/Middle East/Africa) partnership development.

Also hired was Vicki Hawarden, as vice president of knowledge management and member events. As a creator of online learning programs, “Vicki is an industry leader,” said MacMillan.

Five employees were terminated, with only one of those positions, vice president of marketing and brand management, to be refilled.