Joyce DiMascio will step down from her role as CEO of the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) at next month.
DiMascio will finish up at the EEAA on 27 December to take up another position in the events and hospitality industry, according to a statement by the association.
Spiro Anemogiannis, president of the EEAA, said that since joining the association in 2011, DiMascio had built it into a stronger, more recognised and valued association widely respected both in Australia and internationally.
“Joyce has been a standout leader focused entirely on delivering the best possible outcomes no matter what the brief,” he said.
“She has taken our association forward in every way and we are immensely grateful to her for her service to our members and the wider industry.
“She has been an effective and creative leader who has delivered outstanding results in all areas. She is a passionate advocate for our industry, including those who work in it – especially the next-generation leaders.”
Commenting on her decision to leave the EEAA, DiMascio said: “With my team, I have done my personal best, and it’s time to pass the baton to the next CEO to continue to build on the current momentum.
“I have had the best job in the world. There have been many highlights, but I am most proud of introducing the EEAA Young Stars Program, kicking off the sustainability initiative, attracting global recognition for our advocacy work, securing support for the temporary exhibition centre at Glebe Island and, finally, building a community of staff and members focused on collaboration in the best interests of our industry.
“I thank my current and past staff, the board and of course our members and partners who have helped me to flourish and do my personal best.”
The EEAA said it would begin looking for a new CEO immediately.