Tourism Calgary has announced that CEO Randy Williams is leaving, and that Cindy Ady, former Minister of Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation, has been named interim CEO. A Board search committee has been formed to retain a permanent CEO by fall 2013.
“Randy has made a remarkable difference at Tourism Calgary,” said Tourism Calgary Board Chair Rod McKay. “During the past three years, Randy led the organization through considerable change and stabilization following substantial restructuring and refocus in 2009. he has strengthened the role and mandate of the DMO; built and led a strong team; and driven growth in a number of key organizational performance areas.”
McKay added that with foundational improvements in place, “Tourism Calgary is now poised to deliver the type of innovative, creative and results-oriented sales and marketing programs that will meet the highly competitive regional and global marketing environment.”
Ady and the Tourism Calgary Board will oversee a strategic planning process that will include continuing talks with key stakeholders and partners to ensure that activities and funding are aligned to “bring more tourists to Calgary for memorable experiences.” The plan for 2014 and beyond will be presented to the industry in early fall.