Atlanta CVB Nominates William Pate As New CEO

The Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) has chosen William Pate as its next president and CEO, it announced last week. The bureau's executive committee voted on Sept. 4 to submit Pate's name as its final choice to the ACVB Board of Directors, which will convene on Sept. 18 in order to vote on the selection.

"William is going to provide tremendous leadership for ACVB and for the city's hospitality industry," ACVB Chairman Steve Smith, vice president of government and community affairs for Turner Broadcasting, said in a statement. "Ensuring long term success of the bureau and a leader for Atlanta's $11.4 billion hospitality industry was the bottom line—and William has the leadership to carry us into the future."

Pate is the former chief marketing officer for BellSouth, where he worked for more than 25 years in several positions, including vice president of advertising and public relations. Former ACVB chairman, he currently serves on the boards of several organizations—including the Atlanta Sports Council, Georgia State University and the Public Relations Society of America—and has been a past board member for several more, including the Association of National Advertisers, the Ad Council and the American Ad Federation.

Pending approval by its board, ACVB will officially announce Pate as its incoming president and CEO later this month, effective Jan 1., 2009. Current ACVB President and CEO Spurgeon Richardson will retire Dec. 31, 2008, after 17 years as the organization's leader.