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New OTC Executive Director Named

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Houston, Texas, USA (11 February 2021) – Leigh Ann Runyan, CMP, will take over as Executive Director of the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) 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.


The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is the world’s foremost event where energy professionals meet to exchange ideas and opinions to advance scientific and technical knowledge for offshore resources and environmental matters. Founded in 1969, OTC’s flagship conference is held annually in Houston.  OTC has expanded technically and globally with the Arctic Technology Conference, OTC Brasil, and OTC Asia. For more information, visit www.otcnet.org. 


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