PPAI Appoints Interim President, Announces Executive Search
PPAI’s Board of Directors has elevated Executive Vice President Robert (Bob) McLean, Jr., CPA, CAE, CEM, to lead PPAI as interim president while the board undertakes an executive search with search firm SearchWide Global to replace outgoing President and CEO Paul Bellantone, CAE.
“We are incredibly excited that Bob McLean will have the opportunity to lead and work alongside the board of directors to ensure a healthy transition of knowledge and leadership,” says PPAI Board Chair Todd Pottebaum, MAS+. “And we are equally thrilled to partner with SearchWide Global to help identify the next president and CEO of PPAI. We are confident in the thoughtful search process to be employed and that PPAI, with the expertise and support of SearchWide Global, will identify the next leader of this organization.”
McLean, longtime executive vice president for PPAI, adds, “I’ve had the privilege of working with Paul Bellantone for the past 13 years. Our efforts to protect, grow and engage the promotional products industry have been nothing short of incredible and rewarding. I look forward to our continued partnership over the next several weeks of this transition, and I am grateful to the board of directors for entrusting me to lead the organization as we work through an executive search.”
SearchWide Global is a nationally recognized executive search firm specializing in the trade association, hospitality and experiential marketing industries. SearchWide Global Executive Vice President Mark Gnatovic will lead the search effort for PPAI, and Senior Vice President Kellie Henderson will assist with marking and sourcing of candidates. Gnatovic says, “We are elated to work with PPAI. The professionalism and process put forth by PPAI to select SearchWide Global only enhances our core desire to serve and support PPAI’s executive search objectives. We are confident that we will identify a candidate who exemplifies PPAI’s core values and will serve the Association into the next phase of the promotional products industry.”
Last November, Bellantone announced his departure from PPAI at the end of March 2021.