PCMA has announced the appointment of Neil Brownlee, Head of Business Events at VisitScotland, as its first non-North American Chair-Elect for 2024. The announcement follows the successful approval of the 2024 Board of Directors and Trustees Slate, which was presented to PCMA members on September 1, 2023. Directors and Trustees will assume office immediately following PCMA Convening Leaders 2024, taking place from 7–10 January in San Diego, California.

With 35 years of experience in the international hospitality and business events industry, Neil Brownlee will bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the role of Chair-Elect. His role at VisitScotland Business Events, which he has held for the past 15 years, requires close liaison with the Scottish Government and developing and implementing business events strategy at a national level.

Alongside incoming Chair Leonard Hoops, President and CEO at Visit Indy, Neil will be well poised to lead PCMA into a new era of global impact. Leonard Hoops and Neil Brownlee will work closely with PCMA’s Board of Directors and Trustees, as well as with PCMA and CEMA President and CEO Sherrif Karamat, CAE and his team to continue promoting economic and social transformation through business events worldwide.

Neil Brownlee commented: “PCMA is an organisation close to my heart, and I look forward to playing an active role as Chair-Elect next year, supporting my colleague and PCMA Chair, Leonard Hoops. My experience with VisitScotland Business Events’ Policy Driven Model aligns perfectly with PCMA’s mission. I am excited to take on the challenge and honoured to be the organisation’s first non-north American Chair-Elect.”

Sherrif Karamat, CAE, President and CEO of PCMA and CEMA, said: “Leadership throughout the PCMA community comes in many forms, and volunteer roles are critical to achieving our 2030 vision as the platform for the global business events industry. Neil’s leadership and vision are precisely what we need at the Board level. He will continue to be a champion for the global community, and his solid understanding of the characteristics and needs of professionals will result in strong advocacy within the Board when representing their interests.”