AIPC names new CEO: Greg O’Dell
Greg O’Dell, president and chief executive officer of Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for Washington, DC, was elected President of AIPC (International Association of Convention Centers) for the 2021-2023 term. O’Dell will join Peter King, CEO of the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Center as vice president and Julianne Jammer, managing director of the Swiss Tech Convention Center as part of AIPC’s Executive Council.
The Executive Council will be complemented with the following four directors: Juliana Lopez, President Grupo Heroica, Colombia; Taubie Motlhabane, CEO of the Cape Town International Convention Centre, South Africa; Christian Folden Lund, CEO Bella Center, Denmark; and Panittha Buri, Managing Director BITEC, Thailand.
Through his role at Events DC, O’Dell has become an instrumental leader in the recovery of the tourism, convention and global meetings industries for Washington, DC with a passion for innovation and education. As president and chief executive officer, O’Dell oversees Events DC’s three lines of business: Conventions and Meetings, Sports and Entertainment, and Creative Services. His primary responsibilities include oversight of the development and promotion of hospitality, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities that generate economic and community benefits for the residents and businesses of District of Columbia. He also manages Events DC’s development portfolio that include a new multi-purpose Entertainment and Sports Arena on the Campus of St. Elizabeths East in Congress Heights, the redevelopment of the historic RFK Stadium-Armory Campus, a comprehensive streetscaping project around the nine block exterior of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.