Former Walgreen’s vice-president Paul Van Deventer has been appointed president and CEO of Meeting Planners International (MPI), the largest global meetings and events industry association.
At Walgreen’s, Van Deventer served in the Health & Wellness Division and was responsible for overseeing revenue generation and client retention for the drugstore chain’s $500 million suite of employer-focused healthcare solutions. Earlier in his career, Van Deventer spent 22 years at American Express. While there, he had direct experience with the business travel sector and meetings and events.
“Paul is client-focused, smart and engaging, possessing the skills and experience to build strong relationships and transform businesses,” said Kevin Hinton, MPI chairman and executive vice-president of Associated Luxury Hotels International. “We believe he’s the right leader to leverage our existing strengths and strategy to broaden MPI’s impact—be it through new partnerships, products or market opportunities. He will be a compelling evangelist for MPI as we look to expand our engagement with members, chapters, the business community and the broader meetings and events industry.”
Van Deventer’s appointment is effective April 29, 2013.