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Tabatha O’Connor to step down as CEDIA president and CEO

The association has announced that O'Connor will vacate her role at the end of her 'contact period' at the end of January

CEDIA has announced that Tabatha O’Connor, its global president and CEO, will leave her role with the association at the end of January. O’Connor has spent 18 years with CEDIA through what the association said was a period of “profound transformation”.

“The CEDIA board is grateful for Tabatha’s leadership in executing a number of critical strategic initiatives over the last three years,” said Robert Sutherland, CEDIA board chair. “She has helped CEDIA transition from a trade show organisation to an industry association focused squarely on meeting its members most critical needs. She leaves us well positioned to continue as the global leader in custom integration education, training, certification, and workforce development.”

CEDIA said that it will launch a global search for a new president and CEO over the next several months, with O’Connor transitioning her duties to the CEDIA board of directors between now and the end of January.

The statement from CEDIA also went on to say: “In 2016, the association integrated its North American and worldwide operations to form a single integrated global organisation, resulting in more efficient operations, more consistent member experience, and a stronger brand presence. In 2017, CEDIA sold its North American trade show to Emerald Expositions while retaining ownership of the education program, reflecting an association-wide commitment to serving its members year-round through education, training, and certification.

“In 2020, the pivot from expositions to industry support and education proved prescient as CEDIA launched a series of global virtual events in response to Covid-19. The CEDIASTRONG series of webinars, roundtables, and event has engaged thousands of CEDIA members since April 2020 and resulted in a wealth of new resources for the residential custom integration community, including the new CEDIASTRONG Scholarship Fund. O’Connor’s leadership during this tumultuous period has helped CEDIA to stay connected to its member community and provide timely resources to address the crisis.”

More information can be found on the CEDIA website.