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CEDIA appoints permanent global president and CEO

The CEDIA board of directors has announced the promotion of Tabatha O’Connor from acting to permanent CEDIA global president and CEO.

“Tabatha has proven herself to be an incredibly effective leader, working to make some of CEDIA’s most significant projects become a reality,” said David Humphries, CEDIA chairman. “From the global alignment to the sale of the show to our new headquarters, Tabatha has been the one to carry the torch across the finish line.”

O’Connor joined the CEDIA team in 2002. Over her tenure, she has led many different departments including membership, finance, human resources, operations, and volunteer development. In 2015, O’Connor was promoted to CEO, before serving as acting global president and CEO since May 2017.

“I am honoured to be named global president and CEO,” commented O’Connor. “I am passionate about building this industry and providing our members the tools they need to be successful. The organisation is at a very exciting pivot point as we implement our new strategic plan, construct our new global headquarters that will serve as a resource to our members and our industry, and expand CEDIA’s educational programming around the world,” said O’Connor.

Humphries added: “CEDIA is not the same organisation it was 12 months ago. We are shifting focus from an organisation whose primary function was running a tradeshow to an organisation that will push the industry forward through education, outreach to design and build specifiers, and increasing professionalism though standards, guidelines, and best practices.”