April 30, 2017
This Just In
  • Emerald Expositions Events Inc. stock is set to start trading on the New York Stock Exchange April 28, 2017.
  • The offering will trade under the symbol EEX and is expected to close May 3.
  • The initial public offering price on 15.5 million shares of common stock will be $17 per share.
  • The architect for Messe Frankfurt’s new Hall 5 has been selected. Gruber + Kleine-Kraneburg will design the building, which opens in 2022.
  • The design will mirror the current two-story Hall 5, but with a column-free first level. Work begins when the Hall 6 renovation is finished.
  • The American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST) signed with SmithBucklin to provide full-service association management services.
  • Abigail Lynn will serve as Executive Director for AAST, which will move its headquarters to SmithBucklin’s Chicago office on July 1.
  • The Albany Capital Center in upstate New York opened in March with 60+ events on the books for 2017. The overall project cost $78 million.
  • The new center, which is managed by SMG, has approximately 31,700 sf of meeting/exhibit space that can accommodate up to 5,000 people.

People on the Move

UBM Names U.K. Manufacturing
Executive Tim Cobbold as New CEO

London, UK – UBM plc stepped outside the trade show industry and selected manufacturing executive Tim Cobbold to replace outgoing David Levin as CEO of the international show organizer.

Cobbold will assume his new job May 6. Levin steps down March 1 to become president and CEO of McGraw-Hill Education.

Board chair Dame Helen Alexander will act as interim CEO until Cobbold takes over and with then revert back to her sole role as chair once Cobbold takes over. She said Cobbold was selected from a “very strong field” of candidates.

“Tim has successfully led highly international, operationally complex businesses; the board is confident that his track record ideally qualifies him to continue the development of UBM as a focused, international events-led marketing communications business,” she said.

Cobbold, 51, joins UBM from De La Rue plc, a British commercial printing company that specializes in bank notes and similar paper products. He was chief executive of the company since 2011. Prior to that, he was chief executive of Chloride Group, which produces industrial power-supply equipment. He also held various executive positions with Smith Group, an engineering company that produces airport bomb scanners and equipment for the medical sector.

“I’m delighted to be joining UBM; it’s an exciting, dynamic international business,” Cobbold said. “As a market leader in both the global events and the news and digital content marketing industries, it has significant growth potential.”

In an interview with Britain’s Financial Times, Cobbold indicated he felt at home navigating the global territory that UBM has staked out. “It (UBM) is a bigger business, and it’s very international, which I love,” he said. “I think some of the things that probably need to be happening at UBM play to my strengths.”

Levin led a fast-paced overseas expansion of UBM’s trade show business in his nine years at the helm. He also orchestrated a shift in the company’s focus from print publications to trade shows and online events.

Reach Tim Cobbold at +44 (0)1256 605000 or tim.cobbold@uk.delarue.com; David Levin at +44 20 79215000 or david.levin@ubm.com

People on the Move: Christopher Griffin

Advanstar Communications named two new presidents for components of its MAGIC Market Week. Christopher Griffin was named president of WWDMAGIC and Sourcing at MAGIC. He had been vice president of the two shows. Leslie Gallin was named president of footwear for Advanstar, including the FN Platform – MAGIC, WSA, Sole Commerce and PROJECTsole NYC events. Gallin had been a vice president and was previously director of The Collections at the World Shoe Association and Sole Commerce.

Reach Christopher at (310) 857-7602 or cg@magiconline.com; Leslie at (310) 857-7655 or lgallin@fnplatform.com

People on the Move: Leslie Gallin

Advanstar Communications named two new presidents for components of its MAGIC Market Week. Christopher Griffin was named president of WWDMAGIC and Sourcing at MAGIC. He had been vice president of the two shows. Leslie Gallin was named president of footwear for Advanstar, including the FN Platform – MAGIC, WSA, Sole Commerce and PROJECTsole NYC events. Gallin had been a vice president and was previously director of The Collections at the World Shoe Association and Sole Commerce.

Reach Christopher at (310) 857-7602 or cg@magiconline.com; Leslie at (310) 857-7655 or lgallin@fnplatform.com

People on the Move: Linda Addaman

Linda Addaman retired as director of sales and marketing for the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on February 28. She joined the center in 1996 after a career in the hotel industry. Her replacement was not immediately named.

Reach Linda at (317) 501-6720 or addamanlinda@gmail.com

People on the Move: Lori Jenks

Emerald Exhibitions promoted Lori Jenks to senior vice president, operations. The newly created position includes responsibility for the oversight of the company’s entire portfolio of more than 85 trade shows, conferences and other events. Jenks was previously vice president, operations. “The leadership, vision and innovation she brings to this position play an integral role in the continued success and growth of our brands,” said David Loechner, CEO, Emerald Expositions.

Reach Lori at (949) 226-5700 or lori.jenks@emeraldexpo.com

People on the Move: David Levin

David Levin moved up his departure date from UBM to March 1 after being named president and CEO of McGraw-Hill Education. Levin had previously announced he would leave UBM in July. UBM Chairman Dame Helen Alexander will take over Levin’s duties in March until his replacement is selected. Levin spent more than nine years at the helm of UBM and oversaw the shift of its emphasis from print publications to online and live events. He also led an ambitious program of acquisitions that expanded UBM’s trade show portfolio, particularly overseas. Levin was named a TSE Leader & Legend in a cover story in the October 2011 issue of Trade Show Executive and was the featured Power Lunch speaker at TSE's Gold 100 Awards & Summit in September 2011.

Reach David at Reach David Levin at +44 20 79215000 or david.levin@ubm.com

People on the Move: Shawn Pierce

Trade Show Executive (TSE) welcomed Shawn Pierce, president of the registration & housing division of Experient, to its Exposition Forecasting Board. Pierce has more than 20 years of experience in the trade show industry and is a leader in the expanding realm of registration and lead retrieval. “Shawn’s experience in registration and show management is a valuable combination that will broaden the base of knowledge and experience used to compile our monthly Trending & Spending column and provide early warnings of shifts in the exposition industry,” said TSE Media Group President Darlene Gudea.

Before joining Experient, Pierce was a senior vice president of Hanley Wood. Prior to that, he created and developed a $3 million, 80+ trade show registration center for Miller Freeman/CMP. In 2003, Pierce was awarded the Trade Show Executive Innovation Award, and in 2008, the Meeting TechOnline Rising Star Award. He serves on the board of the International Center for Exhibitor and Event Marketing (ICEEM).

Reach Shawn at (240) 439-2344 or shawn.pierce@experient-inc.com

People on the Move: Shura Garnett

The International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) named Global Spectrum Regional Vice President Shura Garnett the recipient of the 2014 Charles A. McElravy Award. Garnett, general manager of the St. Charles (MO) Convention Center, was chair of the IAVM board in 2009-2010 and is a member of Trade Show Executive’s Exposition Forecasting Board. The McElravy Award is presented annually in recognition of extraordinary contributions to the IAVM and the field of venue management. The formal presentation will take place at VenueConnect July 26-29 in Portland, OR.

Reach Shura at (636) 669-3005 or sgarnett@scmocc.com

People on the Move: Susan Mennega

Susan Mennenga was named executive director of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), Education Foundation, replacing Brad Lewis. Mennenga joined PCMA after an extensive career in the healthcare sector in the Chicago area. She was most recently vice president of the Presence Mercy Medical Center Foundation. Her role at PCMA will be increasing the foundation’s fundraising and supporting its events and new initiatives.

Reach Susan at (312) 423-7262 or smennenga@pcma.org

People on the Move: Amy Allen

Amy Allen was promoted to executive vice president of dmg::events USA. Adding to her existing management of the ad:tech group, Allen will assume P&L responsibility for the division’s Collectives group, which includes 13 annual conferences in the digital marketing space. Prior to joining dmg::events, and helping form the U.S. division as senior vice president, Allen was show director for Hanley Wood Exhibitions.

Reach Amy at (214) 915-8804 or amyallen@dmgevents.com.

People on the Move: Val Moon

The Beverage Group @ F+W Media named Val Moon director of sales and marketing for the co-located World Tea Expo and Healthy Beverage Expo May 29-31 at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center. Moon was most recently director of sales at Primm Valley Casino Resorts; before that she was director of sales and convention services for Excalibur and Luxor Resort Hotels and Casinos. She replaces Kim Jage, who left the company to spend more time with her family after helping to select her replacement. 

Reach Val at (702) 253-1893 or val@worldteamedia.com

ASIS International promoted Shannon Burch to the newly created position of Vice President of Events and Business Development. She had been Director of Exhibits. Burch’s expanded role puts her in overall charge of the ASIS International Annual Seminar and Exhibits. Reach Shannon at (703) 518-1424 or shannon.burch@asisonline.org