Hugh Jones Named CEO of Reed Exhibitions, Replacing Chet Burchett
After five years at the helm of Reed Exhibitions, Chet Burchett will be retiring from the global company, and Hugh Jones will be stepping in Feb. 1.
“I’m looking forward to bringing more increasingly sophisticated data-led analytics and technology to more customers around the world,” Jones said. “Exhibitions is an exciting, entrepreneurial industry, and the fundamentals of the business are excellent.”
He added, “Combining the best of face-to-face connections with technology and rich data analytics will provide new value to our more than 7 million exhibitors and visitors. This ensures that their investment of time and resource in our exhibitions becomes even more valuable, efficient and relevant to their individual needs, ensuring that they grow their business.”
Jones joined RELX in 2011 when it acquired Accuity, where he was serving as CEO.
Most recently, he has been the Global Managing Director for Accuity, Cirium, Estates Gazette (EG) and ICIS - all part of Risk & Business Analytics, a division of RELX.
He will report to RELX CEO Erik Engstrom.
Burchett, a 15-year-veteran of Reed Exhibitions, will serve as non-executive Chairman through 2020, focusing on special projects and providing transitional support to Jones.
“It has been an honour to lead the team at Reed Exhibitions and a privilege to serve the company,” Burchett said.
He added, “Hugh is a proven CEO and well-recognised for an outstanding track record of driving growth. Coming from a business where the importance of data analytics and product-driven innovation is paramount, he will be a fantastic leader for the company.”