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BestCities announce new Managing Director

BestCities Global Alliance today announce the appointment of new Managing Director, Lesley Williams, as of January 1, 2020. Lesley has been serving as Market Development Director for the past two years. This move follows the recent decision of BestCities to award extending the management contract to GainingEdge.

Lesley takes over from Paul Vallee, who will continue as executive consultant with GainingEdge, but now on a full-time basis.

Playing a leading role in the growth of BestCities impact and offerings, Lesley brings a wealth of experience, with more than 25 years in the business tourism and events industry. Having previously worked with the alliance as a partner, Lesley brings with her an in-depth knowledge of the field and understanding of the alliance, along with a vast skill-set including strong leadership and strategic planning.

Lesley will head up the existing BestCities management team, made up of Nigel Brown, Director of Marketing and Partnerships, Jane Cunningham, Director of International Associations, and Caryn Wong, Alliance Operations. Karen Bolinger, former CEO of the Melbourne Convention Bureau, will work with Lesley in a strategic advisor capacity.

This new appointment comes at an important time for BestCities as the alliance seeks to grow its reputation in helping international associations and destinations build legacies, and building its global footprint through partnerships and knowledge creation.

Lesley Williams, newly appointed Managing Director of BestCities Global Alliance, said: “I, along with the BestCities team, am energised by this opportunity to evolve the alliances strategic plan and continue delivering its core purpose – to harness the power of collaboration and community to create positive impact through business events.

“I look forward to taking up the position of Managing Director at BestCities, and continuing the work of Paul Vallee in bringing value and impact to the industry, and creating my own legacy within the alliance.”

The announcement was made at the fourth annual BestCities Global Forum, taking place in Copenhagen over 8-11 December, where global associations have come together in a landmark programme centred on the theme of Exploring the Congress of the Future – Fortifying Impact. For more information go to www.bestcities.net.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------About BestCities

BestCities Global Alliance is an international network of leading convention destinations around the globe. They are distinguished by the commitment of the members convention offices to offering special standards of service. Members include Berlin, Bogotá, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Dubai, Houston, Madrid, Melbourne, Singapore, Tokyo and Vancouver.

 

By working together, BestCities adds a unique value to its member cites. This Alliance thinking not only brings a level of creative client solutions no individual partner city could deliver on their own, but in turn helps BestCitiesmembers achieve their own objectives, better than they could alone. www.bestcities.net @BestCitiesGA.