Joe D’Alessandro will replace John Marks as president and chief executive officer of the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau.

D’Alessandro, 50, joins the bureau from the Portland Oregon Visitors Association, where he was president and CEO for the last 10 years. He takes the reins beginning July 5. Marks announced last December that he would retire effective June 30, after 19 years at the bureau.

Prior to joining POVA in 1996, D’Alessandro was executive director of the Oregon Tourism Commission and was international program manager for the California Office of Tourism.

In a press release today, Jon Handlery, president of the Handlery Union Square Hotel and chairman of the nine-member search committee, cited D’Alessandro’s experience working with city, state, and international tourism organizations. “Joe understands the importance of the partnership between the bureau and the city of San Francisco, which benefits all of its businesses and residents. His expertise extends from international tourism to the latest marketing tools and techniques,” stated Handlery in press release.

The Portland Oregon Visitors Association will most likely contract with a national executive search firm this summer to seek a new president.