PCMA Announces 2022 Board of Directors and Trustees Slate for Membership Approval

Structure Reflects New Governing Body and Global Representation

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (September 8, 2021) — PCMA President and CEO Sherrif Karamat, CAE today announced he has received the 2022 Board of Directors and Trustees Slate from Nominating Committee co-chairs Stuart Ruff-Lyon, Immediate Past Chairman, PCMA Board of Directors and Valerie Sumner, Immediate Past Chairwoman, PCMA Foundation Board of Trustees.

For the first time in PCMA’s history, the Board will consist of a new governing body that encompasses Directors and Trustees for PCMA and the PCMA Foundation, respectively – a change that will empower PCMA to be agile, responsive, and innovative at a time that calls for bold leadership and diverse solutions for PCMA’s global audiences.

“Leadership at PCMA is about serving our members and the greater global business events industry as it re-emerges to the new realities of a post-pandemic world,” said Karamat. “It is defined by our values – particularly around PCMA’s stated commitments to equity, inclusion and diversity. It is not defined by job titles or tenure, but by a demonstrated ability to make a difference for others when it is needed the most.”


Upon PCMA membership approval, the following individuals will begin serving a one-year term (2022):

Executive Officers:

Chairman: Charles Starks, President and CEO, Music City Center

Chairwoman Elect: Desirée Knight, CAE, CMP, Senior Director of Education & Meetings, American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way (AREMA)

Secretary-Treasurer: Leonard Hoops, President and CEO, Visit Indy

Immediate Past Chairwoman, PCMA Board of Directors: Kirsten Olean, CAE, Director of Meetings, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Immediate Past Chairwoman, PCMA Foundation Board of Trustees: Angie Ranalli, CMP, Vice President of Sales, San Diego Tourism Authority


Upon PCMA membership approval, the following individuals will begin serving a two-year term (2022–2023):

Fernando Fondevila, CEO, Promtur Panama

Veemal Gungadin, Founder and CEO, GlobalSign.In Pte Ltd

Gladys O’Mahony, Vice President, Global Sales Organization, Caribbean & Latin America,
Marriott International

Peter O’Neil, CEO, ASIS International

Annalisa Baccara Ponchia, CMP, CMM, Director of Innovation & Customer Experience & Director of International Congress, AIM Group International

Chantal Sturk-Nadeau, Executive Director, Business Events, Destination Canada

Panos Tzivanidis, Director, Corporate Events & Services, International Olympic Committee


The following individuals are serving the final year of a three-year term (2020–2022):

Lisa Astorga, CMP, DES, Director of Meetings, International Society on Thrombosis & Haemostasis

Karen Cooper, Senior Manager, Event and Tradeshow Strategy, Poly

Benjamin Erwin, President and CEO, Encore

Bianca Ferrer, Creative Director, B&I Creative Group LLC

Diane Kovats, CAE, CMP, DES, CEO, International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB)
Paula Rowntree, Head of Events, Australian Psychological Society

Ana María Viscasillas, MBA, CDME, DES, CED, President and Chief Visionary, Business Tourism Services


In addition, the President and CEO of PCMA serves as a Director and Trustee:

Sherrif Karamat, CAE, President and CEO, PCMA

Directors and Trustees will assume office immediately following PCMA’s Convening Leaders annual meeting January 9-12 at Caesars Forum in Las Vegas.

For media queries from the Americas and EMEA and requests for interviews with Sherrif Karamat, please contact:
Meghan Risch

For Asia Pacific media inquiries, please contact:
Jessica Kauffman, Senior Account Manager, ZADRO

About PCMA

PCMA believes that business events can economically and socially transform communities, enterprises and individuals. As the world’s largest platform for business events strategists and their business partners, PCMA’s success is driven by a commitment to providing provocative executive-level education, face-to-face networking and business intelligence to its membership of 8,400 professionals and students and global audience of over 100,000 business event stakeholders.

Through its Ascent leadership initiative to promote inclusion and diversity across the business events industry and beyond, PCMA seeks to empower those challenged by gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity or disabilities to find success.

Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with members in more than 40 countries and regional offices in Northern Ireland, Australia and Singapore. Visit us at pcma.org or on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.