Kitty Ratcliffe and Donna Karl join New Orleans CVB

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Great news for two of the industry's great women, from the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau. From the press release:

    Effective November 1st, 2004, Executive Vice President Kathleen “Kitty” Ratcliffe will lead convention sales and Donna Karl, CMP, vice president of client relations, will steer meeting planner service.

    Both convention and hospitality industry professionals were hired to reinforce NOMCVB’s focus on expanding and increasing city-wide association convention sales and growing short-term meeting bookings. Kitty Ratcliffe brings to the role of executive vice president one of the highest sales executive profiles in the industry, nationally. The role of NOMCVB Vice President of Client Relations filled by Donna Karl is the first of its kind for any CVB in the nation and serves to optimize the customer service experience for meeting planners and their organizations.

It's good to see two women land in VP jobs at a CVB, especially at a top-tier city like New Orleans. For a historical look at this trend, see this article from 1996 in Association Meetings. For a more recent look at gender issues for association planners, check out this article from AM last year.

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