SMPS Appoints Marci Thompson, DES, Interim CEO

In January 2024, the SMPS board of directors convened for their quarterly meeting and appointed Marci Thompson, DES, as the interim CEO of the Society. Marci brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this role. She initially joined the Society in 2015 as the senior director of education and has since assumed various leadership positions, including VP of knowledge & professional development, chief learning officer, and most recently, chief of strategy & growth.

Dana Galvin Lancour, FSMPS, CPSM, the 2023-24 SMPS president, acknowledged the board of director’s decision, stating that “Marci’s strategic vision and unwavering commitment to SMPS make her the perfect choice for the role of interim CEO. Her proven leadership and insightful approach will ensure momentum and inspire us to achieve our goals during this transitionary period.”

The board of directors has assembled a search committee and is in the process of vetting candidates for the permanent CEO position. The goal is to find a candidate who embodies the Society’s values, vision, and mission and keep you informed every step of the way.

Please join us in congratulating Marci on her appointment and offering her your full support as she leads us through this interim period. We are confident that our organization will continue to thrive under her guidance.

Thank you for your continued dedication and support as we navigate this transition together. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Marci at

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