PCMA is the world's largest, most respected and most recognised network of Business Events Strategists. The Chairman's Award takes place yearly at Convening Leaders. This year around 4,300 participants came to the conference. The prize is given to an individual, group or an organisation for their unique achievements and contributions to the business events industry in the previous year.
Oscar Cerezales received the award for his significant contributions to the business events industry. He has co-developed strategic plans for PCMA within Asia-Pacific and EMEA regions. Most recently, Cerezales designed the Leadership Summit programme for C-suite and senior-level leaders at Convening Leaders 2020 in San Francisco as well as at the European Influences Summit 2019 in Barcelona.
Oscar Cerezales, MCI Global Executive VP Corporate Division, is an expert in the international meetings and events industry, having worked for the company for more than ten years across three different markets in three different continents. At MCI, Oscar is responsible for corporate brand operations, assessing their potential and recommending solutions to drive growth and innovate business models. Drawing on MCI's global network of expertise, he ensures that brands are leveraging their potential to generate revenue, be agile, future-focused and competitive.
Gregory A. O'Dell, chair of PCMA's Board of Directors, indicated: "It is an honour to present the Chairman's Award to Oscar Cerezales. He is a dynamic leader in the global business events industry and devotes countless time to making a difference in our industry and the world. Every so often, organisations get lucky, and encounter people who are passionate about the industry and Oscar goes above and beyond giving selflessly of his time and talent every year."
"When I joined PCMA, it was all about volunteering, I'm just trying to walk the talk," Oscar Cerezales said while accepting the award in San Francisco. "Thank you very much."
Sebastien Tondeur, MCI Chief Executive Officer, noted: "We all congratulate Oscar with such an honouring award. At MCI, we are focused on delivering value and strategic approach. It means we are facing challenges and pushing boundaries every day. Our success is the joint effort of all employees, and we're glad when their talents are highly recognised."
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