The International Association of Exhibitions and Events hired David DuBois as its new president, replacing Steven Hacker, who will step down on September 30 after 21 years with the organization.

DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA, currently serves as the president and CEO of the Fort Worth (Texas) Convention and Visitors Bureau. He has extensive events industry experience, having served previously in executive leadership roles with Sheraton Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co., Professional Convention Management Association, and Meeting Professionals International. In addition, he has served the industry in many volunteer leadership roles and is recognized as a leading and respected advocate for the events industry.

Dubois will start on October 4, 2012. “It is an honor and a pleasure to have been selected to become the new staff leader of IAEE,” said DuBois. “I enthusiastically look forward to working closely with the staff and volunteer leaders of IAEE as we continue to promote the unique value of exhibitions and other events that bring buyers and sellers together.”

DuBois was the unanimous choice of the search committee and board of directors. “IAEE is fortunate to have enjoyed a lengthy CEO transition period, which permitted us to engage in a very comprehensive national search for our next chief staff executive and ensure a seamless leadership transition,” said Doreen Biela, chairwoman of IAEE’s board of directors. “We are confident that David will provide us with the same kind of creative, enthusiastic, and effective leadership that we have enjoyed for so long.”

Hacker called the selection of DuBois a “brilliant choice. I have known and admired David for almost two decades, and we have worked closely together on many successful projects. I am excited to know that the IAEE staff will be led by a polished professional who knows our industry and is committed to its future.”