Renee McGivern named interim executive director of SABEW

Special to SABEW

McGivernPHOENIX, Ariz. – Renee McGivern, a consultant with extensive experience leading news associations, has been appointed interim executive director of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, effective July 1.

McGivern spent nearly two decades as head of the Minnesota Newspaper Foundation and served as interim executive director at the National Scholastic Press Association.

She currently is president of Spark Plug Consulting in Woodbury, Minn., which specializes in communication strategy and website project management for trade associations and other clients.

McGivern will serve as interim director while SABEW conducts a national search for a permanent executive director.

“I’m delighted to bring Renee on board to help run SABEW during this period of transition,” said Marty Wolk, SABEW president and managing editor of MSN Money. “With her deep background in association management, communications, training and conference planning, I’m confident she will be an excellent steward of the organization.”

“SABEW members are exceptional professionals,” said McGivern. “I’m honored by this opportunity to be of service to and reconnect with passionate journalists.”

McGivern will hit the ground running as she attacks a full slate of coming SABEW programs, including the 2014 fall conference in New York, Oct. 9-10, and the 2015 annual conference and Best in Business banquet in Chicago, April 23-25, 2015.

Warren Watson, who was executive director for nearly five years, resigned effective June 30.

SABEW, which has been promoting excellence and ethics in journalism for more than 50 years, is the world’s largest organization dedicated to business and financial journalism.

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