The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) has announced the hiring of Herschel Herndon as Chief Diversity Officer, effective July 24, 2023. In his new position, he will make diversity a priority for the organisation in developing its workforce, working environment, regional convention industry partnerships, and procurement strategies.

Herschel Herndon most recently served as Chief Diversity Officer for Thrivent, a Fortune 500 not-for-profit financial services organisation, and since 2012 has led a consulting firm offering strategic guidance focused on global diversity and inclusion, market development, and community engagement. He is a well-respected diversity and inclusion thought leader with over 20 years of experience in a number of different industries.

“I’m very excited to join the MCCA and look forward to strengthening DEI capabilities at the authority and building bridges in the stakeholder community,” said Herschel Herndon. “By creating value through active listening, thorough dialogue, and collaborative engagement, I am confident we can have a lasting impact.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Herschel and have him join the leadership team at the MCCA,” said David Gibbons, Executive Director of the MCCA. “After a comprehensive search process, it was clear that Herschel’s leadership capabilities, experience and knowledge of the DEI landscape make him the perfect person to lead our efforts in truly making the MCCA an employer of choice.”

The MCCA successfully filled this key leadership position with the help of convention industry executive search firm SearchWide Global.

About the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA)
The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority owns and oversees the operations of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA, the Boston Common Parking Garage, The Lawn On D Powered by Citizens, and The Lot On D. The MCCA’s mission is to generate significant regional economic activity by attracting conventions, tradeshows, and other events to its world-class facilities while maximising the investment return for the residents and businesses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.