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Team San Jose (Calif.) board unanimously approved Karolyn Kirchgesler as the new CEO of the CVB, effective in late September. She succeeds Bill Sherry, who retired in September 2012.
Kirchgesler is CEO of Visit St. Paul (Minn.), where she engineered the successful merger of the former St. Paul CVB and RiverCentre Convention & Visitors Authority. Earlier she was executive director of the Greater New Haven (Conn.) CVB, sales director of Sioux Falls (S.D.) Convention Center, and executive director of the Aberdeen (S.D.) CVB, which she helped to create.
She recently completed a three-year term as a board member of Destination Marketing Association International.
Mike Gamble of SearchWide assisted in the search. Details: www.sanjose.org.