MPI appoints new chief operations officer

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has appointed Michael Woody (pictured) as its new chief operations officer, effective 23 March.
 
Woody will be responsible for leading the daily operations and marketing efforts of the association, ensuring the delivery of community-wide member value and brand consistency. He will report to MPI president and CEO Paul Van Deventer.
 
Woody has more than 27 years of experience in the meeting and event, hospitality and tourism industries and is a current, active member of MPI.
 
As COO, he will be responsible for the development and implementation of tactical business plans as well as management of MPI’s events, professional development, chapter business, marketing, communications, and European operations teams.  
 
In his current role, Woody serves as the assistant executive director for the Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau.
 
“We are excited to have Michael join the MPI leadership team,” said Van Deventer. “He brings a unique blend of passion for MPI and our community, with broad experience across the hospitality and meeting and event industries, including hotels, F&B, publishing and DMOs.
 
“We believe Michael’s strategic planning experience with repositioning American Airlines’ publications and hands-on approach to promoting and differentiating the Grapevine CVB will be instrumental as we continue to grow our association.”
 
In addition to his role at the Grapevine CVB where he served from 1997-2005 and 2012-2015, he held senior leadership positions at American Airlines from 2005 to 2012 including director of art and editorial for the custom publishing and in-flight portfolios and as publisher of the in-flight portfolio of magazines which included American Way, Celebrated Living and American Airlines Nexos.
 
“It is an honor to be joining Meeting Professionals International as the new COO,” said Woody. “My focus will be on the core strength of education and connecting planners and suppliers in unique and engaging ways that will increase membership, marketplace relevancy and the value proposition for all MPI members. The team is very passionate about their responsibilities, the organisation and the future of MPI.”
 
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