Sexton steps down from PCMA; Karamat takes over

After more than 12 years at the helm, PCMA president and CEO Deborah Sexton has decided to step down at the conclusion of Convening Leaders in Nashville January 2018.

The board has voted unanimously to approve COO Sherrif Karamat as the new CEO. Karamat joined PCMA in October 2003 as vice-president of sales and became COO of the organisation in April 2008.

(From left) Deborah Sexton and Sherrif Karamat 

In addition to her role as CEO, Sexton has also served as president of the PCMA Education Foundation and publisher of PCMA’s Convene magazine.

Under Sexton’s leadership, and through her partnership with Karamat, PCMA more than doubled its membership and revenue, as well as expanded its global reach. During her tenure, the Foundation has more than tripled its support for scholarships, research and education programmes.

Sexton be moving on to launch a consultancy.

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