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October 16, 2009

Hughes takes helm at MPI Foundation

After a comprehensive search, Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Foundation (MPIF) has appointed Paula Hughes as its new executive director.

She will report directly to MPI’s president and chief executive, Bruce MacMillan, and work with the MPI Foundation Global Board of Trustees and councils.

Hughes has served as the executive director and chief professional officer of three high-profile, not-for-profit organisations within the North Texas region. With more than 20 years of experience, she has led the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Arthritis Foundation and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Additionally, she has worked within the corporate sector for both Woodbine Development Corporation and Adolph Coors/Willow Distributors as the assistant director of marketing/communications and the director of public relations, respectively. Over her 20-year career in the not-for-profit sector, Hughes has raised more than $50 million dollars.

“The MPI Foundation couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Paula,” said Margaret Moynihan, MPI Foundation chairwoman.

“We are confident that Paula’s fundraising and operational experience will bring great value to the mission of the MPI Foundation, as we celebrate our 25th anniversary of raising funds and giving back to the meetings and events industry.”

Commenting on the appointment, MacMillan said: “Paula impressed us with her diverse business and foundation-focused career experiences. Her continual drive and passion for not-for-profit related efforts, along with her ability to analyse and define opportunities, will be extremely helpful as we identify global growth opportunities for the MPI Foundation.”

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