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MPI Names former Corporate Exec Paul Van Deventer President and CEO

HIL ANDERSON, SENIOR EDITOR

Dallas, TX – Meetings Professionals International (MPI) turned to the corporate world in search for a new president and CEO and selected Paul Van Deventer, a former vice president of Walgreens, for the position.

Van Deventer replaced Bruce MacMillan, who stepped down in June, and will assume his new duties April 29. Prior to his tenure as vice president of Walgreens’ Health & Wellness Division, Van Deventer spent 22 with American Express, where he was senior director of multinational sales and operations. He headed up a global business unit that included an events group focused on the auto industry and more than 50 service centers for business travelers.

“Paul is client-focused, smart and engaging, and possesses  the skills and experience to build strong relationships and transform businesses,” said Kevin Hinton, chairman of the MPI board of directors. Van Deventer is also considered a top-notch manager with “both international and travel industry experience,” Hinton said.

Van Deventer said he looked forward to making good use of MPI’s extensive network of regional chapters and its extensive experience in member education and best practices. “I am excited to be returning to my meetings-and-travel roots to leverage MPI’s strong brand and vibrant chapter network to…expand MPI’s global reach and role as an industry advocate.”

Reach Paul Van Deventer at (972) 702-3000 or pvandeventer@mpiweb.org