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AES Names Colleen Harper as New Executive Director

Harper to draw on extensive background in organizational management.

New York, NY (January 16, 2019)—The Audio Engineering Society has appointed Colleen Harper as its new executive director, effective this Monday, January 21, 2019.

Working most recently as the chief operating officer and interim chief executive officer for the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), Harper led the implementation of strategic goals to drive both short- and long-term growth and sustainability for the $6M organization, led organizational budgeting, managed ASPEN’s annual conference and led the expansion and enhancement of membership service and growth. Harper will report to the Executive Committee of the AES Board of Governors.

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David Scheirman, the Society’s president for the 2017-2018 term of office, noted, “Our Executive Committee’s challenge has been to find an individual with deep and broad organizational management, direct prior experience within professional membership organizations, and a unique skill set that combines operational expertise, marketing skills and team leadership capabilities,” adding that Harper was chosen from a field of “exceptionally well-qualified candidates. Our entire AES Board of Governors looks forward to working closely with Colleen from day one in her new position at the Society’s world headquarters office in New York City.”

The change comes at a busy time for the AES. On January 1, 2019, Scheirman handed over the role of AES president to Nadja Wallaszkovits, chief audio engineer for the Austrian Academy of Science’s Phongrammarchiv in Vienna. “With the addition of Colleen’s proven record of leadership, we expect 2019 to be a banner year for the Society,” president Wallaszkovits stated.

“I am thrilled to join the AES team,” said Harper, “and look forward to leading the organization as we continue our work of uniting and educating audio engineers, creative artists, scientists, and students from all over the world. AES has an incredibly rich history and, with the support of dedicated members and staff, I’m excited to further its strong commitment to the mission of promoting advances in audio and disseminating new knowledge and research.”

Harper’s background also includes serving the National Investor Relations Institute as director, Professional Development; as association manager for the global meeting and association management firm Meeting Expectations; as assistant manager of Membership for the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers; and as the director of Membership and Organizational Relations for the Geoprofessional Business Association.

Harper has a BA from the College of William and Mary and a Master of Public Administration, Nonprofit Management degree from Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, where she was a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. She has been a certified association executive (CAE) since 2012 and was an Association Forum of Chicagoland’s Forty Under 40 Award recipient in 2014.

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