EIC announces 2022 board

Cathy Breden

The Events Industry Council (EIC) has announced the election of its 2022 Board of Directors.

Cathy Breden, executive vice president and chief operating officer at IAEE (International Association of Exhibitions and Events), and CEO of CEIR (Center for Exhibition Industry Research) has transitioned to become the chair of the EIC, having held the role of chair-elect in 2021.

Cathy Breden

In her new position, Breden will be a key representative of the association and support EIC’s CEO, Amy Calvert, and EIC’s standing committees and task forces as they create and implement new research and products to support the global events industry in its recovery.

She will also ensure that EIC progresses towards its Vision 2025 and will have a key focus on growing EIC’s membership internationally where there is an opportunity to implement its education, certification, and accreditation programmes.

Breden will be supported by incoming chair-elect, Sherrif Karamat, president and CEO at PCMA. Karamat has a wealth of knowledge of the global business and events sector and is a respected voice in the industry. Under his leadership, PCMA has become a key player in positioning the industry as a driver for socio-economic change.

Also nominated to the 2022 board are:

  • Jason Dunn Sr, immediate past chairman, NCBMP (National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals)
  • Jennifer Glynn, SITE (Society for Incentive Travel Excellence) 2020 President
  • Stephanie Harris, president, The Incentive Research Foundation
  • Brad Mayne – president and chief executive, IAVM (International Association of Venue Managers)

Finally, Mark Cooper, CEO, IACC (International Association of Conference Centres); Senthil Gopinath, CEO, ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association); and Ana María Viscasillas, vice president, board of directors, COCAL (Federación de Entidades Organizadoras de Congresos y Afines de Latino América), will continue their terms as board of directors.

The EIC board is comprised of nominated members of the overall EIC that consists of more than 30 organisations in the events industry. These leaders are the governing body for the overall council with fiscal responsibility and strategic direction for all EIC programmes.

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