The committee seeking a replacement for the departing president and CEO of Meeting Professionals International, Edwin L. Griffin Jr., CAE, was disbanded after confidential information relating to the search became public.

A new committee is being formed, but its membership will remain secret, according to Kelly Schulz, MPI communications manager, to help prevent future leaks and to protect the privacy of candidates and committee members. Executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles, based in Los Angeles, will continue to manage the search, and Terri Breining, MPI chairwoman-elect, will continue to head the reconstituted committee.

The new group is expected to maintain the original timeline, which should result in a new MPI president and CEO by the end of April, when Griffin has said that he will leave the organization. “The search firm has done a lot of groundwork, and that won't be lost,” says current MPI chairman George Aguel, “so we don't expect to lose a lot of time to this unfortunate turn of events.”