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Boyden's Leadership Series Features Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau's William Pate

CEO of ACVB reveals the economic impact for the region’s hospitality/sports industries and managing in a competitive sector

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ATLANTA, August 31, 2011 – Boyden, a global leader in executive search, today released its latest issue of the Boyden Leadership Series featuring an in-depth interview with William Pate, President & CEO of Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The interview with Mr. Pate includes his views on the economic multiplier effect of the hospitality, tourism and sports sectors and the return of business travel.

“William’s 360 degree view of the tourism and hospitality industries has ensured Atlanta has maximized its potential to draw the right companies and events to the region,” said Daniel Grassi, Managing Director of Boyden Atlanta. “His strong marketing background coupled with his deep understanding of each industry’s impact on economic development provides an amazing perspective to guarantee ACVB and the Southeast are at the ‘top of their game’.”

As President  & CEO of ACVB, Mr. Pate is in charge of maintaining tourism as one of the city’s top economic drivers. Prior to ACVB, he served as chief marketing officer for BellSouth, one of the world’s largest communications companies. Pate spearheaded the development and marketing of the BellSouth brand both nationally and internationally. He is also past chairman of the board of the Atlanta Sports Council, the Chick-fil-A Bowl and ACVB. He currently serves on the board of Destination Marketing Association International, the Board of Councilors of the Carter Presidential Center, the Emory University Board of Visitors, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Commerce Club and the Foundation Board of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

The full interview with Mr. Pate is available at

Previous issues of Boyden’s Leadership Series include interviews with Albert Neupaver, President and CEO of Wabtec Corporation, Dave Robbins, former CEO of IBM’s BigFix, Kristin Skogen Lund, Executive VP and Group Director of Telenor, Michael DeNoma, President and CEO of Chinatrust Commercial Bank, Sasha Bezuhanova, Hewlett Packard’s Director of Public Sector, Central and Eastern Europe; Brian Schipper, Head of Global HR for Groupon and former Senior VP of HR at Cisco; Ümran Beba, Region President for Asia Pacific for PepsiCo; David Gergen, Director of Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership and a former presidential advisor; Robert Reich, currently Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and a former US Secretary of Labor; and James E. Lillie, CEO of Jarden Corporation. All are available on Boyden’s website.

About the Series

The Boyden Leadership Series is an ongoing publication that highlights the views of high-profile business leaders on issues relevant to leadership, management and talent acquisition. The series’ editors conduct interviews with heads of corporations and other key organizations across the globe to further growth and the exchange of ideas.

About Boyden World Corporation

Boyden is a global leader in the executive search industry with more than 70 offices in over 40 countries. Founded in 1946, Boyden specializes in high level executive search, Interim Management and Human Capital consulting across a broad spectrum of industries. For further information, visit the firm’s website at