The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) has revealed that Charlie Bray has resigned as its president and CEO, set to leave on December 3.
Bray is departing for an “exceptional opportunity” in the Washington DC area, details of which will be announced in due course. The IAAPA executive committee will define and lead the search process for Bray’s replacement soon.
“IAAPA has made tremendous progress under Charlie’s leadership,” says its chairman Chip Cleary. “The association has realised its goal of operating globally; we now have offices in Europe, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region. We could not have done this without Charlie’s vision and guidance.”
Bray was also instrumental in negotiating the agreements to host IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando for the next 10 years. Hired as the association’s chief financial officer in June 2004, he was appointed president and CEO in February 2006. Prior to joining IAAPA, Bray was with the non-profit division of RSM McGladrey, a business consulting firm. He began his career with Arthur Andersen, spent five years with American University, and 17 years with the Food Marketing Institute. He also served as president of the International Association of Food Industry Suppliers (IAFIS) and the Electronic Retailing Association (ERA).