People in the News

June 23, 2016
Summer’s kicking off with lots of new hires and promotions across the board in every kind of company, ranging from event apps to show management companies to convention and visitors bureaus. ASIS International has named Shannon Burch, CEM, as the new vice president of Events and Business Development. Burch, who previously served as director of exhibits, now oversees the entirety of the ASIS... more
June 20, 2016
In the midst of UFI’s Open Seminar in Basel, Switzerland, the association’s board of directors has selected Corrado Peraboni, CEO of Fiera Milano, as the president of UFI for 2018. As a result, the UFI Presidential Trio for the 2016-17 term will comprise Andreas Gruchow, (Deutsche Messe AG), president 2016-2017; Corrado Peraboni (Fiera Milano, Italy), incoming president; Sergey Alexeev (... more
June 7, 2016
Convention and visitors bureau veteran David Whitaker was named by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Choose Chicago Board Chair Desiree Rogers as the new president and CEO of the Windy City’s bureau.   "David Whitaker is a tourism champion with the vision and leadership required to steer Chicago's visitor industry to new heights," Mayor Emanuel said. He added, "Over the past five years,... more
May 18, 2016
People hirings and promotions seemed to be happening at warp speed as winter turned into spring, with suppliers and show management companies strengthening their ranks. Ungerboeck Software International’s Manish Chandak, who was CTO of the company, was named president and CEO.   “Manish possesses the unique ability to translate vision and strategy into world-class execution,” said... more
May 9, 2016
Mark Shashoua, who currently is CEO of London-based i2i Events Group, now will be stepping back into a familiar place, as CEO of ITE Group, also based in London. Shashoua was one of the original founders of ITE Group in the early 1990’s. Shashoua will succeed Russell Taylor, who will stand down Sept. 1 from the Board and as the Group’s CEO, following thirteen years at the company. “On behalf of... more
April 18, 2016
Industry Veteran Larry Luteran has been brought on my parent company Freeman to Freeman Audio Visual, as the company continues to grow its global presence. Named chief sales officer, Luteran will be responsible for the revenue performance of Freeman Audio Visual, Freeman Audio Visual Canada and Encore Event Technologies. During the past six years, Freeman has broadened its Audio Visual presence... more
April 8, 2016
The first quarter of 2016 saw a busy hiring period, with companies ranging from audio-visual to for-profit show management to convention and visitors bureaus. Surf Expo, the largest and longest-running boardsports and beach/resort lifestyle trade show in the world, has named Rod Tomlinson as sales manager for the Surf Category of the show. He is replacing Ryan Nettleton. Tomlinson was most... more
March 17, 2016
Suppliers ranging from convention and visitors bureaus to electrical services to display companies either promoted from within or added onto their ranks to mark the beginning of a busy spring season. Claude Molinari has been named by SMG the general manager of Cobo Center, effective immediately. Since SMG assumed operations management of Cobo Center in 2010, Molinari has been the assistant... more
March 8, 2016
The Appointment Group (TAG), an independent travel management company, has appointed Brandon Chan as the general manager of its Singapore office. Chan joins TAG Singapore after a long career in the hospitality, travel and events industry under a number of leadership positions, including director of sales and marketing at Design hotels for the Asia Pacific region and a stint at Rosenbluth... more
March 7, 2016
The Expo Group has named Randy Pekowski president of the company, of which he already serves as COO. Founder and former President Ray Pekowski will remain CEO and chairman of the business. The promotion is part of the strategic succession plan the company has put in place for the next generation of leadership. “It has become clear Randy is the right person to lead The Expo Group into the next... more

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