Events Industry Council announces new Board

Cathy Breden is the new Chair of EIC.

The Events Industry Council (EIC) has announced the election of its 2022 Board of Directors.

Cathy Breden, executive vice president and COO at International Association of Exhibitions and Events and CEO of Center for Exhibition Industry Research, has transitioned to Chair of the EIC, having held the role of Chair-Elect in 2021.

“Over the past year, I have seen firsthand how the guidance and information published by the EIC has benefited the global events sector in its recovery,” Breden said.

“I would personally like to thank the entire 2021 board, in particular Mark Cooper and Paul Van Deventer, for their dedication in what has been a tremendously challenging time for us all.

“I am incredibly excited for the year ahead and alongside the Board of Directors, Amy and committee and taskforces members, will continue to drive and develop EIC’s reach and offering to further support the industry in its recovery.”

Breden will be supported by incoming Chair-Elect, Sherrif Karamat, president and CEO at PCMA.

Also nominated to the 2022 Board of Directors are Jason Dunn Sr, Immediate Past Chairman of National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals; Jennifer Glynn 2020 president  of Society for Incentive Travel Excellence; Stephanie Harris, president of The Incentive Research Foundation; and Brad Mayne, president and CEO of International Association of Venue Managers.

“I would like to thank the 2021 Board of Directors for their tireless efforts in supporting and guiding the EIC through what has been another uncertain year for the industry. In 2021, we had a number of significant successes, launching valuable resources and programmes to further develop and support our industry in its recovery,” said EIC CEO Amy Calvert.

“As we move into a new year, I am looking forward to working with our new and returning board members, partners and volunteer leaders as we continue to build on the momentum and achievements of 2021, with the introduction of some impactful and innovative projects focused on supporting our sector, building capabilities and resilience with an emphasis on people, planet and purpose.”