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Karen Bolinger elected as AACB president

By   /  September 7, 2017  /  Comments Off on Karen Bolinger elected as AACB president

Melbourne Convention Bureau CEO Karen Bolinger has been elected as president of the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB), taking over from Lyn Lewis-Smith.

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The new appointment was announced at the opening of the AACB Conference this morning.

Melbourne Convention Bureau CEO Karen Bolinger elected as AACB president.

“I am looking forward to a productive year, with one of the first actions being to revisit the strategic plan with a view to the future model of the business events industry in Australia,” said Bolinger.

“AACB has a powerful voice in advocating for industry, stakeholders and partners who benefit from the sector, as well as influencing government to raise the profile of this vital economic driver for Australia.

“I plan to continue the great work that has already been achieved and delivering new initiatives established in the 2017/18 strategic plan.”

AACB CEO Andrew Hiebl thanked outgoing president Lyn Lewis-Smith, CEO of Business Events Sydney.

“I would like to give a special thanks to Lyn for the time that she has committed to leading the AACB,” said Hiebl.

“It has been a privilege to serve under Lyn’s leadership over the last four years – a period in which I regard as one of personal growth through her guidance, advice and mentorship.”

The AACB Board also welcomed the appointment of Michael Matthews, CEO of the Canberra Convention Bureau, as treasurer, and Damien Kitto, CEO of the Adelaide Convention Bureau as vice president.

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