Signature Boston

Breden to Serve as IAEE Interim CEO

September 25, 2023

Announces Retirement from IAEE in June 2024

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events® (IAEE)  announces that, effective 1 October 2023, IAEE Executive Vice President and COO Cathy Breden, CMP-F, CAE, CEM will step into the role of Interim CEO for the association as it continues its search for a permanent replacement for departing President and CEO David DuBois, CMP-F, CAE, FASAE, CTA.

“With 28 years of service to IAEE, there was no question in the minds of the Board of Directors who the best person would be to lead the association as we continue the search for a new President and CEO,” said 2023 IAEE Chairperson Dennis Smith, Vice President of Business Development, Asian American Hotel Owners Association. “Cathy not only possesses vast knowledge about the organization, but is a highly regarded authority of our industry.”

Once IAEE’s new President and CEO is determined, Breden will return to her current role with the organization until her retirement from IAEE in June 2024.

“In this role, I will be the bridge to continue to the good work of IAEE and to help the new CEO during this transition,” said Breden. “The association has made great strides in advancing its mission and strategic vision and I look forward to the future.”

Breden, who also serves as the CEO of the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR), began her association management career in 1984 and has served as a member of several boards of directors, as key staff contact, chief staff executive, volunteer leader and consultant in addition to serving as Immediate Past Chairperson of the Events Industry Council Board of Directors. She is a frequent presenter on the areas of exhibition industry trends and the power of exhibitions in face-to-face marketing.

Breden earned the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation in 1990 and became a CMP Fellow in 2019. She earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 1995 and was bestowed the Certified in Exhibition Management® (CEM) designation in 2019. Breden graduated from Florida State University with a Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Association Management.

The IAEE Board of Directors has retained SearchWide Global, a full-service executive search firm that specializes in C-level positions in the event, convention, travel, tourism, hospitality, trade association, venue management, and experiential marketing industries.

About IAEE
Trusted since 1928, IAEE provides quality and value to its members through leadership, service, education and strong relationships. IAEE is the largest association of the exhibitions and events industry in the world, with a membership of show organizers, exhibitors and exhibition suppliers. Organizers of more than 20,000 exhibitions and buyer-seller events around the world are members of IAEE, and the organization advocates and promotes the awareness of face-to-face exhibitions and events as the primary medium for business development and growth. IAEE provides relevant, timely and innovative education to its members and the industry. IAEE recognizes its strategic partners: 4imprint, Convention News Television (CNTV), eShow, Freeman, GES | onPeak, Grit Productions and Expositions, IMEX, New Orleans & Company, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and Risk Strategies Company | Buttine Insurance. Visit for more information.

Media Inquiries:
Nicole Bowman, MBA, CEM-AP
Vice President, Marketing & Communications | IAEE
+1 (972) 687-9207