SITE CEO Didier Scaillet Steps Down

The organization's leader says he is leaving the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence for personal reasons.

Didier Scaillet

Didier Scaillet has resigned as CEO of the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence. In a blog for SITE members, Scaillet, who helmed the group for almost three years, cited personal reasons for his decision. 

"From a personal perspective, both 2019 and 2020 have been extremely challenging years, and it's now time for me to take a pause," said Scaillet. "My love for SITE and SITE Foundation, and the entire incentive travel community, remains strong. I’m proud to leave behind a senior leadership team that can navigate the current turbulence and take SITE and SITE Foundation to new heights."

An announcement posted on SITE's website noted that during Scaillet's term, SITE enjoyed record membership and retention levels, staged its biggest-ever global conference, launched new programs such as Incentive Summit Europe, created the incentive travel industry’s first-ever manifesto and built a "best-in-class senior leadership team."

"Didier has been instrumental in the growth of both SITE & the SITE Foundation over the past three years and we’re immensely grateful for the leadership and expertise that he has brought to us," said SITE president Jenn Glynn, CIS, CITP in the announcement. "Whilst we are sad to see him step down, we also know that this is the right decision for him and his family, and we support him fully."

Carina Bauer, president of SITE Foundation, added praise for Scaillet. "During Didier’s leadership, we crafted new mission, vision and values statements for SITE Foundation and, with our partners, FICP and IRF, confirmed the Incentive Travel Industry Index as the single most important annual report into the nature, purpose and direction of incentive travel," she said. "He also represented SITE & the SITE Foundation with distinction on the board of the Events Industry Council."

There are no immediate plans to replace Scaillet, according to Glynn. "We're  taking a step back and we're going to be relying on the staff, the leadership and the volunteer leadership and we will create a committee to determine what the CEO position needs to look like going forward." 

Currently, SITE has 2,100 members, down from a total of 2,300 members in January of this year. To aid those who may not be able to renew their membership due to financial concerns, SITE launched the Moira Hearn Memorial Fund to provide grants to cover up to 75 percent of their annual membership costs.