D.C. Convention Center Chief Quits

Reba Pittman Walker, head of the organization that runs the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., has resigned, citing personal reasons, according to media reports. The resignation comes after months of infighting with D.C. authorities and a recent clash with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's administration.

Walker had served as general manager and chief executive of the Washington Convention Center Authority for 2 1/2 years. Her resignation is effective May 30, according to the authority.

Beverly Perry, a Pepco official who chairs the authority, said board members had talked about the pressure to move the convention center to "the next level of competition," according to the Washington Post, and wanted to bring more retail, conventions and business banquets to the facility. But she said the board was not unhappy with Walker, whose resignation was first reported in the Washington Business Journal.

In a statement, Walker said: "I have great enthusiasm for the people who make hospitality Washington, D.C.'s largest and most important private-sector business ... It has been an honor to work with some of the brightest talent in the meetings and conventions industry, and I know the Convention Center will continue to have a strong impact on the District's and the region's economy."