Bruce MacMillan, president and CEO of Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the global trade association, is stepping down at the end of the month after six years at the helm.
A search for his successor has already begun, with recently appointed chief operations officer Cindy D’oust leading the Dallas-based organisation as interim chief staff executive.
It is not clear why MacMillan has resigned from his post.
“Bruce has not indicated his future plans to us,” MPI said in a statement. “We just know that he has elected not to renew his contract, and we want to respect his privacy around this personal decision.”
Sebastien Tondeur, MPI International chairman and CEO of MCI Group Holding SA, said: “Bruce has been a catalyst, guiding the organisation through a time of intense economic challenges – all while helping to bring to life MPI’s strategic plans for robust growth and innovative, rich content and programs. We are thankful for his years of dedicated service both as CEO and as a member volunteer. He is leaving MPI well positioned for the future.”
Under MacMillan’s leadership, the MPI team modernised and globalised its membership and chapter models, reinvented its relationship with the MPI Foundation to support the development of authoritative content, redesigned live events and online experiences and introduced a global training practice with a portfolio of certifications and relevant training.
MacMillan said: “I've been blessed to work directly with an inspired group of volunteer leaders, management colleagues and industry partners over the past six years. Without their close support and passionate commitment to all things MPI our success would not have been possible. No industry organization anywhere harvests its members' passion like MPI does. And that's because MPI is not just about one partner, or one group of chapters or even its volunteer committees. MPI is about all of these, but most importantly it's about the collective commitment to the success of the individual member.”
MPI has more than 23,000 members belonging to 71 chapters and clubs worldwide.
Pictured: Bruce MacMillan