Michelle Mason will become the next president and CEO of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) effective September 1.
Mason, currently president and CEO of Chicago-based Association Forum, will succeed Susan Robertson.
“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 search committee. “Michelle is a strategic thinker, proven consensus builder, effective communicator, and fearless advocate. We are confident she 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,” said Mason.
Robertson, the first woman to lead ASAE as president and CEO in its 100-year history, has been serving since March 2020. She had previously served as executive vice president of ASAE and president of the ASAE Research Foundation.
“The ASAE community owes Susan a debt of gratitude for navigating the organization following the unfortunate death of longtime president and CEO John Graham IV in January 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic. Susan has served with distinction for more than 20 years, and she helped the organization to shepherd all centennial-related activities and a new strategic plan. We wish her all the very best, moving forward,” said Caldeira.