There have already been a few high-profile retirement announcements so far in 2023.
Announcing their retirement are IAEE President and CEO David DuBois, Bizly Chief Customer Officer and Head of Enterprise Kevin Iwamoto, and Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. CEO Bruce Spyridon.
President and CEO David DuBois is retiring from the The International Association of Exhibitions and Events® (IAEE), effective December 31.
DuBois has been with the association for 11 years, providing strategic insights and vision to propel the association forward while successfully leading the association through the recent pandemic. He will continue to lead the association through its strategic growth initiatives in 2023 and continue to build on his legacy of advancing IAEE’s mission and member community.
Kevin Iwamoto retired from his role as Chief Customer Officer and Head of Enterprise at Bizly, on March 31. Iwamoto joined Bizly in 2019 as Chief Strategy Officer, where he helped the company weather unprecedented changes in the meetings and events space.
Prior to joining Bizly, Iwamoto was Vice President of Industry Strategy for Lanyon, Active Network and StarCite. Prior to his venture into technology, he was an award-winning high profile global corporate travel buyer at Hewlett-Packard, Disney Worldwide Services and one of the first group of National Corporate Sales Managers for Northwest Airlines.
In 2001, during his tenure at the National Business Travel Association (now the Global Business Travel Association), Iwamoto served as President and CEO—the first and only Asian American to hold the position. He also appointed a new committee, the Groups and Meetings Committee, which led to the creation of Strategic Meetings Management (SMM), now considered the global corporate standard and one of his most enduring legacies.
Butch Spyridon will retire from the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp on June 30. Spyridon has served as CEO of NCVC since 1991, and spearheaded the city-wide branding of Nashville as Music City. He has served as Chair of Destinations International and on the board of the Professional Convention Management Association, among others. He was also named a Hall of Leaders inductee by the Events Industry Council in 2022.
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