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Anna Dycheva-Smirnova

Anna Dycheva-Smirnova has been named CEO of Reed Exhibitions UK. In her new position, she will oversee World Travel Market and The London Book Fair. This role is in addition to her position of CEO of Russia, Turkey and the Middle East. Dycheva-Smirnova has been with Reed Exhibitions for 13 years.

Reach Dycheva-Smirnova at +44 20 8271 2134 or

Casey Jessmon

Ungerboeck has named Casey Jessmon Chief Information Security Officer. Mr. Jessmon has spent more than 10 years working in operational information security. He previously served as Business Information Security Officer at Equifax Workforce Solutions. In his new position, he will invest in security by recommending new technology for Ungerboeck.

Reach Casey Jessmon, Chief Information Security Officer, at or +1 636 300 5606

Courtney Bradarich

Courtney Bradarich, née Bonnell, has been named VP of Events of COTERIE, Informa Markets Fashion’s trade event. Bradarich has more than 15 years of experience in the wholesale industry. She previously held the position of Co-founder and President at Favors Agency, a brand consulting firm.

Reach out to Courtney Bradarich, VP of Events, at +1 310 445 4200

Steve Moore

Steve Moore will retire after 46 years in the visitor industry on March 31, 2021. Moore served as President & CEO of Visit Phoenix for the last 19 years, where he was in charge of the booking of event venues. A search committee is currently finding his successor.

Reach Steve Moore, Visit Phoenix President & CEO, at or 602-254-6500.


John Drum

John Drum has been named U.S. Bank Stadium’s General Manager by ASM Global. He brings more than 24 years of experience in the sports and entertainment industry to his new role. “We are fortunate to have someone of John’s caliber and experience to lead our team at U.S. Bank Stadium. John has a proven track record and has demonstrated strong leadership skills in his time as Interim General Manager,” said Leonard Bonacci, Regional Vice President of Stadiums and Arenas for ASM Global.

Reach John Drum, General Manager, at or 612-777-8700

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