CEO To Resign From San Diego CVB

David Peckinpaugh, president and CEO of the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau, will not renew his contract when it expires in June, the CVB announced last week, emphasizing that the decision was entirely Peckinpaugh's.

"It is with great admiration of his talent and service to our industry and with deep regret for his eventual departure that the Executive Committee of the Board of the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau will abide by the wishes of our President and CEO David Peckinpaugh and not renew his contract beyond its expiration date of June 30, 2009," San Diego CVB Chairman Jim Oddo said in a statement. "We want to respect David's wishes that in his best interest, and in the interest of his family and the organization, he does not seek to renew or extend his current contract."

Peckinpaugh joined the San Diego CVB in 2006 as the successor to its long-time CEO Reint Reinders. Although he did not elaborate on his decision to resign—or offer insight to his future plans—it's worth noting that his announcement comes just a month after the San Diego CVB said it would have to cut staff and programming in response to the current economic climate.

"This is 100 percent my decision," Peckinpaugh told the San Diego Union-Tribune. "It has been a phenomenal opportunity. I had a great run. I feel like we've accomplished some wonderful things, but it is not what I want to continue to do."