Current president and CEO of Chicago-based Association Forum, Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAE, has been selected as ASAE’s new president and CEO, effective Sept. 1.

“Throughout her career, Michelle has demonstrated a commitment to the association community and ASAE, and a proven ability to drive alignment and results in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment,” said Stephen J. Caldeira, ASAE board chair and co-chair of the organization’s search committee, and president and CEO of Household & Commercial Products Association, Washington, D.C.

This a return to ASAE for Mason, who worked as vice president of strategic and future-focused research from 1998 to 2006. She later worked as managing director of strategy and innovation for American Society for Quality.

Mason will succeed Susan Robertson, CAE, who was the first woman to be president and CEO of ASAE in its 100-year history and was an interim leader after the passing of John Graham in 2020. “Michelle is a strategic thinker, proven consensus builder, effective communicator and fearless advocate,” Caldeira added. “We are confident that Michelle is the right leader at the right time, who will bring visionary leadership to ASAE at a critical juncture in the association’s history.”

“I am honored to build upon the successful foundation at ASAE. I look forward to collaborating with a dynamic board of directors and a dedicated staff team as we create an accessible, inclusive and transformational community for members and industry. A heartfelt thank you to Susan Robertson for her leadership and paving the way for women in the industry,” Mason said in a statement.