appointments

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre appoints first director of strategic projects

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre has announced the appointment of its first director of strategic projects, Haryati Md Haidar (pictured), an experienced programme and project management professional. In this role, Haryati will be responsible for establishing the structure and framework for the Centre’s strategic projects and organisational change management, while streamlining, facilitating and ...

LACC names new assistant general manager

The Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC), US, has named Ben Zarhoud (pictured) as its new assistant general manager. Zarhoud, most recently vice-president of finance at the LACC, joined the facility in 2018 with a background in accounting and finance management. Prior to joining the LACC, he spent six years in senior management at AEG and AXS Group LLC and six years at Deloitte & Touche LLP. E...

ATPI Sports Events appoints new commercial head of global sports business

Event management company ATPI Sports Events has announced the appointment of Niels Grevenstuk (pictured) as its new commercial head of global sports business. Grevenstuk joins ATPI with experience in the sports and events sector, having previously worked for AFC Ajax as head of international brand partnerships, and formerly as global sponsorship manager at Heineken International. With Heineken Int...

CWT announces new board of directors

Global travel management platform CWT has announced the appointment of the new board of directors for its parent company, CWT Travel Holdings, following the financial restructuring of the company in November 2021. The new board aims to bring a strong blend of travel, hospitality, technology, and commercial expertise. The new board of directors in full: Jim Abrahamson – Board chair Alan Bowers – Au...

ASM Global appoints Alex Merchán executive vice-president of marketing

Global venue and event management group ASM Global has named Alex Merchán (pictured) its new executive vice-president of marketing. This appointment is part of the plan to increase the company’s programmes for its venues across five continents. Ron Bension, president and CEO of ASM, said: “There are tremendous opportunities for us to bring substantially increased value to our clients through strat...

ASM Global appoints Chris Bray as executive vice-president of European operations

Global venue and event management group ASM Global has announced Chris Bray (pictured) as executive vice-president of European operations. Bray who will be based in Manchester, UK, is a 30-year veteran in commercial, operations, entertainment and strategic development within the high-street retail, leisure and hospitality industries. Most recently he spent six years as CEO for sports and leisure, ...

ATPI bolsters global management team with internal appointments

ATPI, the global travel management and events specialist, is promoting two members of its UK-based management team as they aim to grow in the post-pandemic period. Kate Skitterall (pictured), member of the ATPI team for 20 years as director of sales and operations in the UK, steps up to a global role as group commercial director. Skitterall will retain her UK management team role and will take on ...

MEA elects new directors and office bearers Down Under

Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM), 23 November, at which the results of the association’s annual Board director election ballot was announced. Three positions were contested following resignations by incumbent directors Nigel Collin, Kirsty Forbes and Paula Nolan. The ballot saw the three names below receive the highest vote counts: Megan Peters, general m...

Annalisa Ponchia nominated to PCMA International Board

Annalisa Ponchia, innovation and customer experience director at AIM Group International, has been nominated a member of the International Board of Directors at the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA). An expert professional in the events industry for more than 30 years, Ponchia is the first Italian to take part in the highest governance level of PCMA and will join the Board from...

New ILEA Europe Board reflects consolidation

Following the consolidation of the UK Chapter and pre-existing Europe Chapter to create one unified European leadership team and membership base, the new-look International Live Events Association (ILEA) Europe for 2021/2022 has the following make up: President: Christian Seidenstuecker, CEO of JOKE Event AG Vice-president of membership: Erica Pew, client services director of Brands at Work Vice-p...

Business Events Perth welcomes new managing director of Tourism Western Australia

Business Events Perth (BE Perth) has announced, 12 October, Carolyn Turnbull (pictured) as managing director of Tourism Western Australia (WA). Turnbull joined Tourism WA in October 2020 as executive director of industry, aviation and markets, where she led a network of international offices. This included the management of airline relationships and distribution channels. Bradley Woods, BE Perth c...

Maria Grasso appointed vice-president of PHLCVB’s convention division

The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) announced, 8 October, that Maria Grasso has been appointed senior vice-president of its convention division. Grasso will lead the convention sales and services team, while aiming to position Philadelphia as a premier destination for meetings, conventions and events. A more than 20-year veteran of the organisation, Grasso joined the PHLCVB in...

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