Kathleen O'Leary named new executive director/CEO of Wisconsin State Fair Park

WEST ALLIS -- The Wisconsin State Fair Park Board of Directors on Monday, October 24th moved to name Kathleen O'Leary the new executive director/CEO of Wisconsin State Fair Park.

O'Leary was serving in that position on an interim basis since May.

According to a statement from a Wisconsin State Fair spokeswoman, O'Leary has worked for Wisconsin State Fair Park for nearly 20 years in various positions, including COO.

Below is more on O'Leary's background:

Prior to serving as COO, O’Leary was both a manager and director in Marketing, Communications and Sponsorship, where she was responsible for growing sponsorship revenues at the Fair from less than $400,000 in 1998 to more than $2.5 million in recent years.

O’Leary has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing & Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and holds a Certified Fair Executive (CFE) designation from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE). She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the IAFE representing Zone 4, which includes four states and three Canadian provinces. She also serves on the board of directors for Visit Milwaukee and the Wauwatosa Chamber of Commerce.

According to the statement, as executive director/CEO, O'Leary will oversee a staff of nearly 50 full-time permanent employees, along with approximately 1,500 part-time and seasonal employees during the annual Wisconsin State Fair.

The 2017 fair will take place Thursday, August 3rd – Sunday, August 13th.