SITE has announced Didier Scaillet as new Chief Excellence Officer (CEO), serving both SITE and the SITE Foundation. He will be introduced to the SITE community at the annual general meeting of members held during the SITE + MPI Global Forum taking place January 12-14, 2018, in Rome.
In October, a search committee comprised of SITE board members and Foundation trustees undertook an extensive global search to identify a replacement for Kevin Hinton, who announced he would be leaving the organization in late January. The priority was to identify an executive leader with multi-national association experience to help drive forward SITE’s 2020 vision to grow its chapter network, increase membership and continue to raise awareness of the human and economic impact of the incentive industry on the global economy.
“Finding an experienced professional to fill Kevin’s shoes was not an easy task. We received resumes from 12 potential candidates and went through a three-stage process to narrow the field down to three. After rigorous interviews, we all agreed that Didier has the highest degree of association management experience, knowledge of the global MICE landscape and clearly articulates a strategic vision for SITE,” said Annamaria Ruffini, CIS, CMP, SITE president 2018 and president and ceo, Events In & Out, S.R.L.
A MICE industry veteran, Scaillet brings SITE extended global experience and a deep understanding of association management. He started his career working for one of the first association management companies in Europe, quickly becoming a business partner. For 18 years he held various roles with Meeting Professionals International (MPI) as director of European operations, vice-president of global development and chief development officer for MPI and the MPI Foundation. Most recently, Scaillet was vice-president, business development for Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), responsible for the global re-design and integration of the organization’s executive partnership program and expansion of revenue in new categories and markets.
Scaillet has engaged and served on various industry forums and organizations: Joint Meetings Industry Council, Events Industry Council, Canadian Tourism Commission and United Nations World Tourism Organization. He was also instrumental in the development of the Meetings & Business Events Competency Standards, which was the backbone for the development of SITE’s competency-based education model for incentive professionals.
“I am very excited and honored to be serving the SITE community, its leadership and the Incentive Travel industry at large. The organization is going through some major transformations, with many opportunities to seize global growth, advocacy, value-added content, digital engagement and sustainability,” Scaillet said in a statement.
Scaillet will assume the CEO role leading the association’s global management team on February 1. A Belgian native, he will be relocating to the U.S.