Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips Welcomes New Managing Director for Events
Thirty-year event veteran Danny Phillips has joined media M&A firm Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips as managing director for events.
For 16 years, Phillips was executive vice president of Advanstar (now UBM/Informa), where he was responsible for technology, automotive, licensing, entertainment and healthcare divisions in the U.S., France, Brazil, Germany, the UK and Hong Kong.
Previously, he led European technology media business units for both International Thomson and EMAP from London, and also served as CEO of Argyle Executive Forum, a B2B and media and events company, where he oversaw its expansion and the acquisition of two businesses.
He also founded and served as president of media M&A consultancy, Present Sky.
Phillips will focus on five different areas within the company’s expanded events practice: B2B expos and conferences; consumer expos; music, sports and racing events; event technology and event management services.
According to Reed Phillips III, CEO and managing partner of Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips, Phillips has the perfect combination of M&A skills and media company operating experience.
“Danny’s deep event operating and integration expertise, combined with Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips’ transactional reach and history, means that our event practice will now provide a full range of pre-M&A development, as well as sell-side and buy-side services to our clients,” said Phillips. “He will be extraordinarily helpful to us in this global industry.”
With a long history of M&A in the events sector, Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips has completed more than 35 transactions with companies such as Informa, UBM, Tarsus, DMG, Reed Exhibitions, Penton Media and Advanstar.