Massachusetts Convention Center Authority Names Interim Executive Director

Its board of directors has named Fred Peterson as its interim executive director, replacing long-time leader James Rooney, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) announced last week. Peterson has worked at MCCA for 16 years, most recently as director of facilities operations.

"On behalf of the entire board, we are pleased to have a candidate with Fred's qualifications take the lead as our interim executive director," said MCCA Board Chair John McDonnell, managing director international of Fifth Generation Inc., Tito's Handmade Vodka. "With his long history at the MCCA, his experience managing operations from a high level, and his understanding of the smallest details that go into what makes the Authority run day-to-day, we have great confidence that the MCCA will continue to do outstanding work while we search for a permanent executive director."

Peterson will assume his new role effective July 1, 2015. Rooney, meanwhile, will depart MCCA on June 30 to become president and CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.

"I am honored to have been chosen for this interim leadership role while our board's search committee works to find the permanent executive director for the Authority," Peterson said. "The MCCA is a complex organization that does important work for the Commonwealth, and I am confident in my ability to lead the organization in a way that ensures that we keep delivering the world-class service our facilities are known for, from Boston to Springfield. With our strong team and culture, I know that we will continue to build upon our successes and reputation for excellence in the meetings and conventions industry."

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