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Karen Bolinger Announced as New CEO of MCVB

Chairman of the Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau (MCVB), Chris Barlow, has announced that Karen Bolinger has been appointed as CEO of MCVB.

Bolinger has more than 20-years of industry experience. She has a strong background in branded sales and marketing across a diverse group of sectors, along with well-established venue and tourism industry relationships and high-level marketing skills.

In her most recent role of three years, she was the General Manager Strategy and Marketing for the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW. Prior to that, Bolinger worked at the Sydney Convention and Visitors Bureau (SCVB), where she held the position of General Manager for seven years. That role saw her manage the SCVB’s business operations, which included finance, marketing services, strategic alliances, membership and the research and sales teams.

Bolinger has significant experience across the hospitality industry with positions as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Sheraton on the Park in Sydney and Director of Sales for the Renaissance Sydney Hotel.

“Melbourne is Australia’s leading business events capital and I look forward to working with the city and team to continue to build the momentum created,” Bolinger said.

Barlow said that Bolinger was the stand out from an extremely strong field of candidates.

“Throughout the recruitment process, Karen proved she had the required skills, motivation and passion for the role and for the business events industry, and will certainly be in a position to build on the outstanding and record-breaking success of MCVB," Barlow said.

Bolinger will commence her role at MCVB in early November.