Chris Thompson Retiring As Brand USA President & CEO
Chris Thompson will be retiring as president and CEO of Brand USA as of May 31, 2024. Following a successful tenure leading the organization, Thompson has decided to step down and ‘pursue life beyond work.’
During his time as President and CEO, Thompson has played a pivotal role in promoting the United States as a premier travel destination. Under his leadership, Brand USA has achieved remarkable milestones, including increased international visitation, and enhanced global awareness of the diverse offerings across the country.
Thompson’s strategic vision and unwavering commitment to excellence have been instrumental in driving Brand USA’s success. His dedication to fostering partnerships with industry stakeholders, government agencies, and international organizations has strengthened the organization’s position as a global leader in destination marketing.
Said Thompson: “It has been an incredible privilege to serve as President and CEO of Brand USA. I am immensely proud of what we have accomplished together, and I am confident that the organization will continue to thrive under new leadership.”
Todd Davidson, Chair of the Brand USA Board and CEO of Travel Oregon, said: “Under Chris’s strategic guidance, the Brand USA team has kept the USA the preferred travel destination in the world. Chris’s integrity, tenacity, passion and belief in the power of the travel and tourism industry to bring prosperity to all Americans, fueled the advancement of the US travel and tourism industry and established an organizational foundation of innovation, resiliency and future-focused confidence. We all wish him the very best in his retirement.”
The search for a new President and CEO is commencing, and Brand USA is committed to finding a successor who will build upon Thompson’s legacy and continue to drive the organization forward. The Board of Directors will work closely with an executive search firm to identify a candidate with the necessary expertise, vision, and passion for promoting the United States as a global travel destination.
Go to www.TheBrandUSA.com for more.