Offshore Technology Conference names new executive director

OTC 2019 show floor
OTC 2019 show floor

HOUSTON – Leigh Ann Runyan, CMP, will take over as Executive Director of the Offshore Technology Conference in mid-April. She replaces Stephen Graham, who is retiring. Runyan has extensive experience managing OTC and other large events. 

“I know that I am leaving OTC in very capable hands,” said Stephen Graham. “Leigh Ann has the background and experience to work with the OTC Board to steer this vital event through current challenges to an even brighter future.” 

Runyan will continue in her role as Director, Americas Events for the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), where she manages a large event portfolio across Canada, the US, and Latin America. Prior to joining SPE, she was with the American Heart Association (AHA) for 21 years, where she held several positions in Meetings and Professional Education. Her last position before leaving AHA was Vice President, Meetings. Her primary responsibility as Vice President was the overall management of the department’s 250+ meetings annually.

Runyan graduated from the University of Tulsa with a BS in finance and later received a BS in hotel administration from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV). She also holds a master’s in hospitality administration from UNLV. She is a certified meeting professional and a member of the Professional Convention Management Association.

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