Joyce DiMascio, chief executive at the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA), will step down from her role next month after nine years with the association.
She will officially leave EEAA on 27 December to take up another position in the events and hospitality industry.
Commenting on her decision to leave, DiMascio said working at EEAA had been a career highlight.
“With my team, I believe I have done my ‘personal best’ and it’s time to pass the baton to the next CEO to continue to build on the current momentum,” she said.
“I have had the best job in the world. There have been many highlights, but I am most proud of introducing the EEAA Young Stars Program, kicking off the sustainability initiative, attracting global recognition for our advocacy work and finally, building a community of staff and members focussed on collaboration in the best interests of our industry.
“I thank my current and past staff, the board and of course our members and partners who have helped me to flourish in this role.
“The EEAA is a great community. Its members are the lifeblood of the industry and I encourage you to keep supporting the Association, be active in it so that it can continue to advocate for the greater good.”
EEAA president Spiro Anemogiannis said since joining the association in 2011, Joyce DiMascio has built it up to be a stronger, more recognised and valued association both in Australia and internationally.
“Joyce has been a stand-out leader focussed entirely on delivering the best possible outcomes no matter what the brief. She has taken our Association forward in every way and we are immensely grateful to her for her service to our Members and the wider industry,” he said.
“She has been an effective and creative leader who has delivered outstanding results in all areas. She is a passionate advocate for our industry including those who work in it especially the next generation leaders,” he said. “We wish her well in the next chapter of her outstanding career.”
Recruitment for the new CEO will commence immediately.