ICCA would like to announce with great sadness that we recently learnt of the death of Maureen O’Crowley, a long-time ICCA member and great friend to our community.
Originally from the United States, Maureen joined Seoul Convention Bureau as Executive Director on 31 August 2008 and worked there until her passing, most recently holding the position of Vice President. She gave her all to her organisation and industry, leading the global marketing efforts for the city of Seoul at the Convention Bureau and becoming one of the key players of the Future Convention City Initiative (FCCI). A testament to her dedication to her work and the mark she made on her adopted hometown, she received honorary citizenship of Seoul from the city’s mayor in 2015. Maureen was a graduate of George Washington University’s School of Business; she received her Master’s in Tourism Administration in 2010. She leaves behind her husband, two sons and two daughters.
Maureen was beloved by many in our community and was incredibly supportive of any initiative we proposed. A prolific ICCA Congress attendee, she regularly attended our events in her years as an ICCA member. We remember many good times spent by her side. Noor Ahmad Hamid, ICCA Regional Director (Asia Pacific) said of her passing: "Cancer has never been an easy thing to talk about; thus, I was devastated to hear Maureen was diagnosed with cancer 2 years ago. However, I believe that Maureen put up a good fight against this battle. What always impressed me about Maureen was her enthusiasm – she was a a very supportive member, down-to-earth, and a caring person. More than a colleague, she was a mentor and a dear friend. Her passing is a great loss to the ICCA family. Nuna, I will miss you dearly." (Nuna means elder sister in Korean.)
We are grateful for the contributions she made to the ICCA community and will miss her presence tremendously.