Lionel van der Walt is the new Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of RCI, Inc., an international association of building envelope consultants, based in Raleigh, N.C.
Van der Walt was selected after an extensive search led by Pamela Kaul, President, Association Strategies, Alexandria, VA, and Tuft & Associates’ President Jill Christie.
An organizational strategy and analysis expert, van der Walt has more than 20 years of international executive leadership and association experience. He was most recently President of the Cargo Network Services (CNS) and a member of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s Board of Directors. Van der Walt succeeds James Birdsong, who will retire at the end of 2017 after nearly 17 years as EVP and CEO.
Formed in 1983, RCI has more than 3,500 members across the United States, Canada, South America, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia.