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MPI appoints Darren Temple as chief operations officer

Temple previously served as the association’s chief business development officer
29/08/2017

Pictured: Darren Temple

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has named Darren Temple as its new chief operations officer (COO). Temple previously served as the association’s chief business development officer leading strategic business development and global sales planning. He will continue to report to MPI president and CEO Paul Van Deventer.

As COO, Temple is charged with driving strategic business plans and execution, established operational excellence, revenue growth and brand consistency throughout MPI. He will manage the education and events and marketing and communications teams and maintain oversight of the association’s global sales organisation. Temple will also continue to lead the MPI Foundation as executive vice president, ex officio.

Van Deventer said: “Darren is a strong and seasoned leader. He is well-respected within our industry, and has been an invaluable member of our senior leadership team the past few years.

“I am confident Darren will excel as our new COO and look forward to partnering with him further to advance our strategy to increase member value and grow the MPI community.” 

Prior to MPI, Temple held leadership positions with Visit Dallas, PSAV Presentation Services and Freeman.

He said: “MPI is in a very strong position, and I am bullish on our future. We have made tremendous strides in expanding our portfolio of education offerings, reimagining our live events, collaborating with industry partners and advocating for our community over the past few years. I am excited about what’s next for MPI and it is truly an honour to serve as this association’s COO.”

In addition, MPI has promoted Bernie Schraer to senior vice president, global business development, reporting to Temple.


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