LOS ANGELES, CA — The Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board’s President and CEO, Ernest Wooden Jr., announced he will retire on June 30, 2020.
Since taking the helm in 2013, Wooden has helped to grow the city’s tourism into a $37 billion industry while supporting 534,000 jobs countywide — the highest total on record. He established a goal of welcoming 50 million visitors by 2020, which L.A. reached two years early. Enhancing the city’s international tourism has been a priority of Wooden, who launched the Everyone is Welcome campaign in 2017.
“Ernie has transformed the Los Angeles Tourism organization, engineering a team, infrastructure and programming that has gained the unwavering support of the City and hospitality community, and of Angelenos as a whole. I applaud the tremendous work he has accomplished during his tenure, for which we are grateful,” stated Alan Rothenberg, Board Chairman for Los Angeles Tourism.
Among his honors, Wooden was named to the prestigious EBONY Magazine’s Power 100 list in 2015. He has also been a four-time honoree on Los Angeles Business Journal’s LA 500.
Wooden has served on the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board for the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Travel’s Executive Committee, among others. He also sits on the Organizing Committee, Executive Committee and Conflicts Committee for the LA 2028 Olympics and Paralympic Games.
Adam Burke, who currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Los Angeles Tourism, will step into the interim CEO role after Wooden’s departure.