June 1, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Association Forum CEO will Start on September 1, 2021
DC— Michelle Mason,
FASAE, CAE, current President and CEO of the Chicago-based Association Forum,
will become ASAE’s next President and CEO effective September 1, 2021, Stephen
J. Caldeira, ASAE Board Chair and Co-Chair of the Search Committee, and
President & CEO, Household & Commercial Products Association,
Washington, DC, announced. She succeeds Susan Robertson, CAE.
thorough and extensive search process, the Board of Directors has voted
unanimously to name Michelle Mason as its next President and CEO. Throughout
her career, Michelle has demonstrated a commitment to the association community
and ASAE, and a proven ability to drive alignment and results in a complex,
multi-stakeholder environment,” Caldeira said.
“Michelle is a
strategic thinker, proven consensus builder, effective communicator, and
fearless advocate. We are confident that Michelle is the right leader at the
right time, who will bring visionary leadership to ASAE at a critical juncture
in the association’s history,” added Caldeira.
“I am honored
to build upon the successful foundation at ASAE. I look forward to
collaborating with a dynamic board of directors and a dedicated staff team as
we create an accessible, inclusive, and transformational community for members
and industry. A heartfelt thank you to Susan Robertson for her leadership and
paving the way for women in the industry,” said Mason.
Since March of
2020, Susan Robertson, the first woman to lead ASAE as President and CEO in its
100-year history, has been serving on an 18-month contract. She had previously
served as Executive Vice President of ASAE and President of the ASAE Research
community owes Susan a debt of gratitude for navigating the organization
following the unfortunate death of longtime President and CEO John Graham IV,
FASAE, CAE in January 2020 and COVID-19. Susan has served with distinction for
over 20 years, and she helped the organization to shepherd all
Centennial-related activities and a new strategic plan. We wish her all the
very best, moving forward,” said Caldeira.
In addition to
Caldeira, the CEO Search Committee included:
C. Anderson, FASAE,
CAE, IOM, Co-Chair, Search Committee and President & CEO, National
Association of Chain Drug Stores, Arlington, VA, and Chair-elect of ASAE, and
Chair, ASAE Research Foundation.
V. Blake, FASAE, CAE,
President & CEO, Heart Rhythm Society, Washington, DC, and Immediate Past
E. Boynes, FASAE, CAE,
Executive Director, American Association for Anatomy, Rockville, MD, and Past
ASAE Board member.
CAE, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, California Association of
Health Facilities, Sacramento, CA, and ASAE Board member.
Coker, President &
CEO, San Diego Tourism Authority, San Diego, CA and ASAE member.
President & CEO, Associated Luxury Hotels International, Plano, TX, and
ASAE Board member.
R. Kuhn, CAE,
President, Edison Electric Institute, Washington, DC, and Past ASAE Board
J. Patterson, FASAE,
CAE, President & Owner, AMPED, Madison, WI, and Past ASAE Board member and
current member of the ASAE Business Services, Inc. Board.
Reeves, MA, FASAE, CAE,
Executive Director, Maryland Psychological Association, Columbia, MD, and ASAE
Board member; and
Ann Woods, CAE,
President & CEO, National Institute of Building Sciences, Washington, DC,
and Secretary-Treasurer, ASAE.
The search was
led by Leslie Hortum, Keri Lindsay, and Ellen Pennow from Spencer Stuart. Hortum
manages Spencer Stuart’s Washington, DC office and is a member of the firm’s
Education, Nonprofit and Government Practice. Lindsay is based in the firm’s
global headquarters in Chicago, IL and is a member of the firm’s
Consumer/Hospitality & Leisure practice. Ellen Pennow is a member of the
firm’s Education, Nonprofit and Government practice.
CONTACT: Chris Vest,
CAE, 202-626-2798, email@example.com
is a membership organization of more than 48,000 association executives and
industry partners representing 7,400 organizations. Since it was established
100 years ago, its members have and continue to lead, manage, and work in or
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support of the ASAE Research Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is
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