Sheridan to depart PWCVB for Boston CVB in Dec.

PROVIDENCE – Concluding a 12-year tenure as president and CEO of the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, on Friday, Martha Sheridan announced she would step down from the role in mid-December.

Sheridan, who has served as president and CEO of the PWCVB since 2006, and held various positions there in the 1990s, has been elected the next president and CEO of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. Her start in Boston will be effective Feb. 15, 2019.

The PWCVB board will work with senior leadership to run day-to-day operations until a successor is named to the role, the organization said.

“Over the course of my career, I have seen the Providence/Warwick area grow into a world class destination and it has been my honor to have been a part of that evolution,” said Sheridan in prepared remarks.

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Lauding her time at the helm of the tourism destination organization, in a release Friday the PWCVB noted that under Sheridan’s leadership the Rhode Island Sports Commission was established, 15 Providence neighborhood guides were published on the bureau’s website and the capital was named America’s Favorite City by Travel+Leisure.

Additionally, Providence saw a 74.2 percent occupancy rate in fiscal year 2018 under Sheridan – what the PWCVB called in a statement “the highest in recent memory.”

Commenting on Sheridan’s departure in a statement, PWCVB Board Chairperson Kimberly Greene said: “[Sheridan] has done incredible work in managing the day-to-day operations, as well as working on both the local and national scale to promote Providence/Warwick and the industry as a whole.”

Outside of the PWCVB, Sheridan has served as chairperson of Destination International and is on the board of the U.S. Travel Association. In 2015, she was named among the “Top 25 Women in the Meetings Industry” by Meetings & Conventions magazine.

Sheridan will succeed Pat Moscaritolo as president and CEO of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. Moscaritolo will retire Feb. 14, 2019 after 28 years leading the group.

Emily Gowdey-Backus is a staff writer for PBN. You can follow her on Twitter @FlashGowdey or contact her via email, gowdey-backus@pbn.com.