The Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE) North America recently announced that Zane Clark has been named its new CEO, effective June 15. Gregg Balko, SAMPE’s current CEO and executive director, announced his retirement in December; he will stay on until July 1 to ensure a successful transition.

In his new role, Clark will be responsible for leading SAMPE’s team of professionals while increasing value to its members, sponsors, partners, and other stakeholders. He will lead efforts to expand the organization’s programs, including its membership base.

“Clark brings to his new position 20 years of success as an association and operations leader and as an individual contributor,” said Timothy Shaughnessy, president of SAMPE North America. “He is used to delivering large and complex program solutions and driving strategy in a constantly evolving environment, something which the SAMPE organization will greatly benefit from.”

Clark is a certified association executive (CAE) and a board member of the California Society of Association Executives (CalSAE), with experience in volunteer engagement, membership benefit development, association foundation program leadership, and committee management. He is currently serving in a senior position at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), a $148 million trade association with a staff of 170 and 7,600 member companies.

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