Bolinger to leave MCB next week after more than seven years in the role.
Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) Chair, Chris Barlow, has just “regretfully” announced the pending departure of the organisation’s Chief Executive Officer, Karen Bolinger.
Barlow said Bolinger would finish on 05 April 2019 “to take some well-deserved time off before exploring other opportunities”. He said Karen had suffered a significant personal loss over the past couple of years, “which she has worked tirelessly through, and she had decided that the time has come to stop and take some time out for self care”.
Bolinger has been in the role for 7.5 years, during which time she and her team had “led the repositioning of Melbourne’s profile as an innovative business events destination by highlighting the city’s intellectual capacity and knowledge sectors,” Barlow said.
The period had seen Melbourne’s most successful years on record in terms of business events, with 2018/19 expected to deliver the sector’s highest ever economic contribution to Victoria, of almost $500 million.
“During Karen’s tenure she was integral in delivering strategic direction to the many boards she sat on, as well as leading the transition for MCB to become part of Visit Victoria,” Barlow noted, thanking her for her commitment to the organisation and wishing her all the best for her future endeavours.
More details in next Tuesday’s issue of Business Events News.