PPAI Announces Dale Denham as President and CEO
The Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) board of directors announced that Dale Denham, MAS+ has been named as the new president and CEO of PPAI. Denham will begin in the role starting mid-August. Robert (Bob) McLean, Jr., CPA, CAE, CEM, who has been serving as interim president as well as executive vice president for the last six months, will continue as executive vice president.
“Bob has done an outstanding job for PPAI during this transition, and we are grateful for his strong and dedicated leadership," said Todd Pottebaum, MAS+, chair of the PPAI board of directors and PPAI Executive Search Committee. "His focus on the success of the organization allowed the board to concentrate on the task of finding the association’s next president.
“Dale is the right leader at the right time for PPAI,” Pottebaum continued. “The PPAI board and the Executive Search Committee are extremely impressed with Dale’s credentials and industry experience. His enthusiasm for the position and leadership capabilities demonstrated historically, and through the PPAI executive search process stood out among an exceptionally competitive field of candidates.”
“Dale’s leadership, technology and industry experience will allow PPAI to seamlessly and strategically move forward to lead a growing and dynamic membership base and marketing industry,” stated Maura Mitchell, PPAI’s strategic planning consultant and founder of Brandology. “Dale has solid fiscal responsibility experience and stellar leadership capabilities. Through the search process, Dale displayed enthusiasm, and a unique ability to absorb complex information and develop actionable plans that achieve aggressive goals.”
“I commend PPAI and the Executive Search Committee for their commitment to the executive search process," added Dawn Olds, MAS, PPAI board chair-elect and senior vice president of HALO Branded Solutions. "There was a remarkably strong pool of candidates, and the board and Search Committee’s diligence and governance of the process was exceptional.”
Denham joins PPAI after serving as senior vice president and chief information officer for Geiger. Before joining Geiger in 2011, Denham served as senior vice president for the Advertising Specialty Institute.
“I am very excited to be joining the PPAI team,” Denham said. “I look forward to helping PPAI further expand our leadership role and contributions to the promotional products industry. Having been deeply involved with PPAI for many years, and having served on the PPAI board, my passion for helping PPAI grow, protect and serve our membership will further flourish in my new role. As the promotional products industry evolves and advances, PPAI is in the best position to provide the knowledge, community and advocacy to help our members grow. I am very honored to be a part of PPAI’s legacy and leadership.”
For more information on PPAI, visit www.ppai.org.