Karen Bolinger to head up PCMA APAC in post Covid-19 recovery

Former Melbourne Convention Bureau CEO Karen Bolinger has been appointed Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) managing director, Asia Pacific.

“As stakeholders in the global business events industry look towards a post-Covid-19 recovery, we believe that the Asia Pacific region will recover first and that the industry will be substantially changed,” said PCMA President and CEO Sherrif Karamat.

“Karen will support PCMA’s APAC growth through her track record of business event industry leadership success and ability to introduce new strategic initiatives in the face of industry and marketplace challenges.”

Bolinger will be based in Melbourne and will lead PCMA’s Asia Pacific operations team through its office in Singapore.

“In light of the current environment we find ourselves in, I’m excited to work with PCMA and the Asia Pacific team to develop a clear pathway of available opportunities to activate the recovery of the business events industry in the APAC region,” she said.