PCMA Reorganizes Leadership to Accelerate Growth and Support COVID-19 Response


CHICAGO, Illinois, USA – PCMA President and CEO Sherrif Karamat today announced changes to the organization’s leadership structure aimed at continuing the transformation of PCMA from a legacy meeting industry association into a global leader in the business events industry. The changes further reflect PCMA’s commitment to delivering solutions, through PCMA products and services, to the complex challenges facing business event professionals and their stakeholders, including support for COVID-19 crisis management and recovery.

“For the past two years I have worked with our leadership and partners to activate our strategic plan and bring our vision of economic and social transformation through business events to life,” said Karamat. “Our results to-date demonstrate that our strategy is working. Our opportunity now is to build on our momentum to the benefit of our stakeholders everywhere.”

The organizational changes are effective immediately and include:

  • Bruce MacMillan, Chief Marketing Officer, will now oversee the EMEA and APAC teams. Antonio Codinach and Luca Favetta will continue their current regional in-market leadership roles. This realignment will allow for greater integration of marketing and communication channels to better engage and connect our worldwide audiences.
  • PCMA formally launches “PCMA Insights”. This newly created consulting division will report to MacMillan who will oversee its activation and talent recruitment. A detailed plan will be unveiled in the coming months.
  • To provide additional marketing and communications leadership, Marcia Mawe has joined PCMA as Vice President, Marketing and Communications reporting to MacMillan. Mawe brings over twenty years of experience in transforming brands and leading organizations with a customer-first approach to marketing and communications. Jacqueline (Jackie) Thomas will join Marcia’s team to lead PCMA’s strategic communications initiatives. Jackie brings over a decade’s worth of public relations and communication success to PCMA, most recently from her marketing and public relations leadership role at a national publishing company.
  • Meredith Rollins, Chief Community Officer, will leverage her wealth of experience and proven track record at PCMA to include responsibility for Business Development and Client Services. Rollins will effectively oversee all B2B and non-event B2C revenue streams for the Foundation and PCMA. Marco Bloemendaal, Global Vice President, Business Development will now report to Rollins.
  • Stacey Shafer has been promoted to Vice President, Community Engagement and will lead PCMA’s membership engagement efforts as part of Rollins’ team.
  • Mona Cotton, Chief Business Officer, will now focus her talents on innovation and the development of PCMA’s educational products. Cotton will work across the enterprise to ensure that PCMA’s educational value proposition is delivered and that PCMA audience expectations are consistently exceeded. Cotton’s leadership team will include Carrie Johnson, Senior Director, Education and Zibby Aman, now promoted to Director of Education.
  • Robert Haas will continue to lead technology, finance and HR functions in his role as Chief Administrative Officer. Haas will also continue his leadership role in advancing the implementation and optimization of PCMA’s data insights product, BEAM (Business Events Analytics/Metrics).

“In February we announced our commitment to provide essential crisis management and risk assessment resources to support our global audience as the COVID-19 outbreak evolves. Those efforts are ongoing and later this week we will provide an update on our crisis management and recovery efforts”, added Karamat.


For media queries from the Americas and EMEA and requests for interviews with Sherrif Karamat, please contact:
Maryam Sabbagh
msabbagh@pcma.org

For Asia Pacific media inquiries, please contact:
Jessica Kauffman, Senior Account Manager, ZADRO
jessica@zadroagency.com.au

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 Ireland, Australia and Singapore. Visit us at pcma.org or on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.