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Amy Hornby

Emerald has named Amy Hornby Director for Key accounts of the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and CEDIA Expo. She previously held the position of Show Director of KBIS. In her new position, she will oversee more than 25 accounts that participate or have an interest in KBIS and CEDIA Expo. Overall, she will help develop a new market strategy for KBIS and CEDIA Expo.

Reach Amy Hornby, Director, at or 770-291-5434

Jason McGraw

Emerald has named Jason McGraw as Vice President of CEDIA Expo and the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show. McGraw previously served as Senior Vice President of Expositions and Event Services for AVIXA, the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association. He has more than 30 years of experience in conference and exposition management. Brian Pagel, EVP, Construction, Medical and Military at Emerald said, “We are blessed that both Amy and Jason share deep knowledge of and strong relationships with each of these sectors. Most importantly, this is a win for the industry.”

Reach Jason McGraw, Vice President, at or 949-226-5700

Fernando Fischer

Reed Exhibitions has named Fernando Fischer President of the Americas. Fischer previously held the position of CEO at Reed Exhibitions (RX) in Brazil, where he improved digital solutions, customer value and financial performance. “Since joining Reed Exhibition US, not only has he had the tough job of navigating through these strange and challenging times, he has been relentlessly focused on creating results-driven value for our customers and an inclusive and diverse environment for our team,” said Hugh Jones, Global CEO of RX.

Reach Fernando Fischer, President, at or 203-840-5300

Simon Parker

Simon Parker has been elected Chair of the Association of Event Organizers (AEO). AEO represents companies that contribute to trade events. Parker is also Executive Vice President of Informa Markets, a position he has held for over 2 years.

Reach Simon Parker, Executive Vice President, at or +44 7710590857

Carina Bauer

The Association of Event Organizers elected Carina Bauer as Vice Chair. AEO’s mission is to help members overcome issues in the trade industry. Bauer is also Chief Executive Officer of IMEX Group. Bauer has worked at IMEX Group for over 18 years.

Reach Carina Bauer, Chief Executive Officer, at +44 1273 227311 or

Jennifer Beindorf

GES has named Jennifer Beindorf Vice President of North American New Business Development and Global Strategy. Beindorf previously held the position of VP of Client Experience for GES Events. She has more than 25 years of experience in business development. She has identified trends and insights to better understand attendees. “We are thrilled to have her step into this role. She brings a deep knowledge of the events industry and clients’ needs along with the ability to inspire and lead teams to transform insights into actionable business results,” said Dan Hilbert, Executive Vice President of GES Events.

 Reach Otilia Ayats-Mas, Director of Marketing & Corporate Communications, at 214.808.2654 or


Jordan Rudow

Informa Markets has promoted Jordan Rudow to VP of Events. Prior to her promotion, she held the role of event director for MAGIC – West Coast Women’s and MICAM Americas. In her new role, she will oversee Informa Market’s footwear shows and the commercial side of women’s fashion.

Reach Jordan Rudow, VP of events, at or 818-359-4898

Jason Popp

Moss has named Jason Popp as President and CEO. Popp previously held the position of President, International at GES. He has more than 25 years of experience in the industry. He is currently a part of InGo’s Board of Directors. Dan Patterson, past President of Moss said, “Jason’s past success and his commitment to a strong company culture and sustainability are in solid alignment with Moss. We are thrilled and confident in Jason’s ability to lead Moss to its next level. Our customers can expect a smooth transition.”

Reach Jason Popp at or at (630)- 881- 0863. 

Jason Peskin

Jason Peskin has been promoted to VP of Events and Corporate Development for Informa Markets. He had served as Brand Director of Men’s Fashion with responsibility for Informa Market’s men’s events. His new role will include overseeing the commercial side of Informa’s men’s portfolio of brands and leading a team responsible for developing new market opportunities.

Reach Jason Peskin, VP of Events and Corporate Development, at or 323-252-0077

Kelly Helfman

Informa Markets named Kelly Helfman Commercial President. Previously, she had been in charge of other companies’ footwear trade events including WWDMagic, Project Women’s, Stitch, PoolTradeShow, Micam Americas and Sourcing @ Magic. In addition, she now oversees Coterie, the contemporary women’s division of Informa Markets.

Reach Kelly Helfman, Commercial President, at or 310-857-7606