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ISTH appoints Lisa Astorga as Director of Meetings

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August 15, 2011

CHAPEL HILL, NC, USA — The International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) announces the appointment of Ms. Lisa Astorga to the newly created position of Director of Meetings. Astorga previously held the position of Director of Meetings at New Jersey-based Talley Management Group where she was responsible for all internal and external events and served on the Senior Management Team.

In her new role, Lisa will be responsible for further professionalizing and standardizing ISTH’s congresses, overseeing the establishment of a long term meetings strategy, implementing new systems and processes and increasing the overall attendee experience and impact of the Society’s meetings. ISTH currently organizes annual meetings attracting between 1,500 and close to 10,000 attendees around the world, as well as a number of smaller educational courses.

An accomplished association management and meetings professional, Astorga has spent much of her 15+ year career working with association and event management companies and was responsible for all aspects of event conceptualization and execution. Her experience includes budget and financial management and coordination with Local Organizing Committees and partner vendors. With an emphasis on current industry trends she has been successful in marketing and promotion to increase sponsorship and attendee awareness. She is also a frequent participant and contributor to the international meetings industry, serving as a member of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Global Task Force; currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of PCMA (GPPCMA); and a member and advisor to many Customer Advisory Boards. .

"Lisa is an excellent choice for the ISTH Director of Meetings position given her personality, extensive experience and proven track record in organizing international meetings. She brings to the job a significant experience in managing international meetings of varying sizes and thoroughly understands the critical role of meetings in the life cycle of an association. Her experience in multi-management companies is an additional plus as ISTH seeks to take its meetings to the next level,” said Thomas Reiser, Executive Director of ISTH.

""I am excited to join the team of a renowned organization like ISTH and look forward to contributing proactively to the Society’s important educational outreach. It has been my professional passion and focus for many years to provide strategic meetings management in support of the mission of professional organizations. I look forward to working closely with the ISTH volunteers and members around the world to help accomplish the many strategic goals through our international meetings. Having the opportunity to work with, and be part of the team of the leading worldwide organization dedicated to thrombotic and bleeding disorders is truly an honor,” said Lisa Astorga.

CONTACT: Mr. Thomas Reiser, Executive Director, International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis, Phone: +1 919 929-3807, Email:

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