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Emerald Expositions appoints new president and CEO

Emerald Expositions has appointed Sally Shankland as president and CEO of the company. She takes over from interim president and CEO Phil Evans, who stepped in to fill the role of departed long-time leader David Loechner. Shankland has previously served as CEO of UBM Americas, where she oversaw the $972m acquisition of Advanstar, and merged six divisions across North/South America into one unified...

Tourism Australia CEO moves on after five years at the helm

National convention bureau Tourism Australia has announced that its Managing Director, John O’Sullivan, is to leave the organisation to take up a new role as CEO and executive director of the ASX-listed company, Experience Co. He will leave the organisation in June. Executive General Manager International, Phillipa Harrison will step up as interim MD until a permanent replacement is found. O’Sulli...

ICC Sydney returns to Asia Pacific region for CEO Roadshow

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney)’s executive team is in Asia Pacific for the second annual CEO Asia Roadshow series. The event is designed to showcase the advantages of meetings in Sydney o Asia’s key decision makers. The nine-day roadshow will visit Tokyo, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Singapore, speaking to business events agents, corporae firms, associations and media. CEO of ICC S...

Perth Convention Bureau CEO announces resignation

Paul Beeson has announced he is stepping down as CEO of the Perth Convention Bureau after more than eight years in the role. PCB’s Chairman, Mr Kevin Skipworth CVO said: “Paul has made an outstanding contribution to PCB during his tenure and will be a great loss. “He has applied his excellent leadership and strategic management skills in overviewing the operation of the Bureau and is leaving the o...

Why local experiences are key to authentic travel

Authentic travel is all about authentic local experiences, says Didier Scaillet, CEO of SITE.   It’s almost a year since I grasped the reins at SITE, aka Society for Incentive Travel Excellence, and it’s been quite the ride. As I look back at 2018 I can say: “A lot done, a lot more to do!”.  In 2018 SITE reached its biggest ever membership number. In our 45-year history we’ve never exceeded 2...

Susan Kirby to present Evolve keynote in Brisbane

Events industry association Meetings and Events Australia has announced that Susan Kirby, CEO of Ireland’s National St Patrick’s Festival, will be an international keynote presenter at Evolve 2019. Evolve 2019 is the event industry’s largest conference Down Under and will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, 31 March to 2 April. “We are delighted to have Susan as one of the ...

Events Industry Council searches for new CEO

The CEO of the Events Industry Council (EIC), Karen Kotowski, has resigned her post, the association has announced. She has led the 30-plus member EIC for 10 years. Chair of the EIC’s Board of Directors Tina Wehmeir, said a search for a new CEO has begun. “We plan to identify a new CEO who brings a global perspective and background to help in further broadening the reach of our organisations and c...

Committing to quality

IACC CEO Mark Cooper identifies some of the unexpected benefits of quality standards.   You’d think answering the question, ‘Why are quality standards important?’ would be simple and straightforward – of course they are important. And, on a basic level, this is perfectly correct, but to truly understand the benefits to conference and meetings venues requires a deeper understanding of th...

IAPCO appoints new CEO

The International Association of PCOs (IAPCO) has announced the appointment of Martin Boyle (pictured) as its new CEO. The appointment will become effective 1 April 2019. Boyle goes to IAPCO with a wealth of experience across a number of countries in the events and meetings industry. He has launched start-ups in Canada, driven sales at an international convention centre, worked with international ...

All-inclusive incentives are on the rise

In the first of a regular series of articles, CEO of SITE Didier Scalliet tells CMW about a new study from the association, which shows incentive travel is in rude health.   At IMEX America (16-18 October) we launched the latest research into the State of the Incentive Travel Nation. Partnering with Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) and Financial & Insurance Conference Professionals (FI...

What does the future hold for IMEX?

Fresh from a new edition of IMEX America in Las Vegas, managing director Carina Bauer looks to the company’s future growth. IMEX America has grown considerably since its first edition. What have been the key landmarks? When we launched in 2011, it was uncharted territory. Buyers in North America have responded well to the format, particularly the appointment system. We moved into a larger ha...

Slido high on Deloitte Technology Fast 50 CE list

Audience interaction specialist Slido has been recognised as the fourth fastest growing tech company in Central Europe by Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Central Europe 2018. The programme, part of the Deloitte global Fast 500 programme, is now in its 19th year. Slido was also ranked as the fastest growing technology company in Slovakia over the assessed period. Slido CEO Peter Komornik says: “Our gro...