Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

May 27 2014

People on the Move


Kim Myhre

FreemanXP, the experience marketing agency within Freeman, recently hired industry veteran Kim Myhre in London to lead its international business expansion. Kim has more than 20 years of global experience building client relationships, driving business growth, building strategic partnerships and developing experiential marketing strategies and campaigns for clients like BMW, Cisco, Salesforce.com, and P&G.

Al Hutchinson

Al Hutchinson has been named the Mobile Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau’s new president and CEO starting July 1, bringing nearly 25 years of hospitality and destination marketing experience to the post. Hutchinson, served most recently as vice president of convention sales and services at the Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau. Prior to his tenure in Virginia Beach, Hutchinson also served in various leadership positions with the Greater Pittsburgh CVB, the Charlotte Convention Center, The Park Hotel in Charlotte, N.C. and the Richmond Metropolitan CVB.

Niru Desai

Niru Desai has been appointed vice president of Strategy, International at FreemanXP. Desai was formerly the Head of Strategy and Planning at George P. Johnson EMEA.

Jordan Waid

Jordan Waid joins FreemanXP as vice president of Creative, International. Most recently, Waid was at MDLabs/Cheil Worldwide, where he served as Executive Creative Director, having previously been ECD at imagination.

Matt Merrigan, MSOD

Matt Merrigan, MSOD has started his new role as the director of meetings for the International Association of Assessing Officers in Kansas City, MO. Before joining IAAO, Merrigan was the director of membership and meetings at the Arkansas Pharmacists Association (APA).

Shalabh Arora

Shalabh Arora has been appointed director of sales and marketing at The Ritz-Carlton Bangalore, India. Arora most recently was director of sales for The Oberoi Group.

Sarah Baptiste

Sarah Baptiste has been promoted to sales and marketing director at The Landmark Hotel in London. Baptiste previously was the hotel’s director of sales.

Iván Bauzá

The Setai, Miami Beach, has promoted Iván Bauzá to director of sales and marketing. Bauza most recently was the property’s director of sales

Kerry Dyer

Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta has appointed Kerry Dyer director of sales and marketing. Dyer most recently was director of travel industry sales for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts’ corporate office based in Atlanta.

Stacy Manzo

Stacy Manzo has been named director of sales at Aqua Kaua’i Beach Resort in Honolulu. Most recently, Manzo was account director – leisure sales at Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas and Sheraton Kaua’i.

Stephen Nass

Loews Boston Hotel has appointed Stephen Nass director of sales and marketing. Most recently, Nass was area director of sales and marketing for Twin Tier Hospitality.