After a comprehensive search, Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has hired Cynthia "Cindy" D'Aoust as its new chief operating officer, it announced yesterday.
Most recently, D'Aoust was vice president of shared services at Maxvantage, the strategic alliance between Maritz Travel Company and American Express. In her new role at MPI, she will report directly to President and CEO Bruce MacMillan and will lead operational deployment of MPI 3.0, the organization's strategic business plan.
"Cindy's leadership track record of creating value for customers and stakeholders is unparalleled," said MacMillan said. "Her familiarity with key business and professional development trends in our industry will allow MPI to accelerate effective implementation of our education and certification program."
Prior to working at Maxvantange, D'Aoust worked for Maritz Travel Company in its meetings, events and incentives division. A frequent speaker at meetings industry conferences, she has been published in several industry publications and has been an active member of MPI — most recently serving on its international board of directors — as well as the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA).
"My clients, peers, colleagues and friends have provided me a wealth of opportunity, experiences and fond memories over my career," D'Aoust said. "This move was an easy choice to make knowing that they are all behind me and rooting for me and MPI. Our mutual objectives haven't changed, just the opportunity for me to play a more focused role in identifying and developing the next chapter for the meetings industry."
According to MPI, D'Aoust will be relocating her family from Philadelphia to Dallas and will begin her position with MPI on April 9, 2012.