The IMEX Group has promoted its organising director Nalan Emre to the newly created position of chief operating officer.
Nalan will have responsibility for managing the Operations (formerly the Organising team), Office Management, Event Tech and HR teams at the UK Hove-based company.
She will plan and direct IMEX’s operational policies, structures, procedures and initiatives and collaborate with the chairman, CEO and FD to set company strategy, forecasts and plans.
The privately owned company has grown and now has 60 employees.
Emre has worked for the company for 16 years, since the first IMEX Frankfurt show, and was a key member of the launch team for IMEX America in 2012.
Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, says: “Nalan is a highly knowledgeable and respected member of the team with a deep understanding of the meetings and events industry… We congratulate Nalan on this next chapter with the IMEX family, where her skills and leadership will help to develop the future of the business, building on our company core values and culture.”
Emre adds: “I’m delighted to become chief operating officer, leading our high calibre team to help them continue to deliver events that are creative, fun and business-focused. “I’m passionate about sustainability and its increasing importance in the meetings and events sector. Sustainability is a long-held value of the IMEX Group and our shows, and I hope to develop this further in my new role”.
Emre was born and raised in Germany and worked as a project manager for a trade show and special events company based in Munich before moving to Chicago, USA, to work for Hall-Erickson supporting the organisation of The Motivation Show.
She joined the IMEX Group in 2002 and was an integral part of the team launching the first IMEX in Frankfurt show in 2003.
Mark Mulligan, meanwhile, who has worked at IMEX since 2011, moves up to fill Emre’s former role as director of operations.