Jakob Wahl Named IAAPA Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Jakob Wahl stepped into the role of IAAPA executive vice president and chief operating officer on Nov. 1.
In his new role, Wahl reports to IAAPA President and CEO Hal McEvoy and directly leads the operation of IAAPA’s regional offices, global sales, three global Expos, and additional member events around the world.
Wahl holds a degree in Business Economics from the IUP of Aix-en-Provence and has nine years of experience working for IAAPA, starting as a program manager in the Brussels, Belgium, office. After four years there, he spent time working at Europa-Park in Rust, Germany, as the director of communications. He returned to IAAPA in 2017 to serve as the vice president and executive director of IAAPA Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA).
“Jakob is a dedicated and passionate leader who has increased membership and consistently expanded attendance and participation in the EMEA region’s events, including IAAPA Expo Europe,” shares McEvoy. “As IAAPA and the attractions industry emerge from the impact of the global pandemic, Jakob is the right person at the right time to help us better serve our global members, understand the varying needs of our regions, and help the association move forward to meet its goals.”