Email the editor

Scaillet appointed CEO of incentive travel organisation

Former MPI man will replace Kevin Hinton from the February 1

Pictured: Didier Scaillet

Didier Scaillet has been appointed chief executive of the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence.

He replaces outgoing CEO Kevin Hinton who announced his retirement in October last year having led the Chicago-based membership organisation since 2013.

Scaillet’s first public engagement as CEO in waiting will be the annual general meeting of members, which is being held during the SITE + MPI Global Forum taking place this weekend, in Rome, Italy.

SITE president Annamaria Ruffini said: “Finding an experienced professional to fill Kevin’s shoes was not an easy task. We received resumes from 12 potential candidates and went through a three-stage process to narrow the field down to three. After rigorous interviews, we all agreed that Didier has the highest degree of association management experience, knowledge of the global MICE landscape and clearly articulates a strategic vision for SITE.”

Scaillet started his career working for one of the first association management companies in Europe, quickly becoming a business partner. For 18 years he held various roles with Meeting Professionals International (MPI) as director of European operations, VP of global development and chief development officer for MPI and the MPI Foundation. Most recently, he was VP business development for Cruise Lines International Association.

The Belgian, who will be relocating to the US, has served on various industry forums and organisations, including the Joint Meetings Industry Council, Events Industry Council, Canadian Tourism Commission and United Nations World Tourism Organization. He was instrumental in developing the Meetings & Business Events Competency Standards, which was the backbone for the development of SITE’s competency-based education model for incentive professionals. 

“I am very excited and honoured to be serving the SITE community, its leadership and the Incentive Travel industry at large. The organization is going through some major transformations, with many opportunities to seize global growth, advocacy, value-added content, digital engagement and sustainability,” he said in a statement. “SITE, the SITE Foundation, SITE Young Leaders, the SITE Chapters have always attracted passionate, inspiring and dedicated industry leaders. Following Kevin Hinton’s footsteps as the Chief Excellence Officer is a privilege and I am looking forward to an amazing journey, building a stronger voice for Incentive Travel worldwide.”

Scaillet will formally assume the CEO role at the beginning of February.


Facebook Share Twitter Share LinkeIn Share