People News: Clarion Events, ASM Global, New Orleans Convention Center and More

November 5, 2019

November is only just getting started, but it’s already a busy month for new hires and promotions. Check out the latest people moves in the trade show industry.

Los Angeles-based venue management and services company ASM Global announced a new executive leadership team that will report to Bob Newman, president and CEO. The team includes Mark Rozells, CFO; Chuck Steedman, executive vice president of strategy and business development for arenas and stadiums; Gregg Caren, executive vice president of sales and business development for convention centers; Doug Thornton, executive vice president of arena, stadia and theaters; Richard Krezwick, chief commercial officer; Shauna Elvin, executive vice president of global talent; Bob McClintock, executive vice president of convention centers; John Sharkey, executive vice president of Eueopean operations; Harvey Lister, chairman and CEO of ASM Asia Pacific; and Shaun Beard, senior vice president of food and beverage.

Linda Baynham has been named director of sustainability and corporate social responsibility at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. In this newly created role, Baynham will focus on establishing company-wide sustainability and corporate social responsibility goals through initiatives on new construction projects, existing assets and sustainability programs.

Alli Johnson is now vice president of fashion events for Clarion Events’ semi-annual Womenswear In Nevada Show (WWIN) and ADORN, a new fashion accessories and jewelry show launching in August 2020. She was previously with UBM/Informa, serving as show director for POOLTRADESHOW and MAGIC Mens.

Visit Milwaukee has named Peggy Williams-Smith as its new president and CEO, effective Nov. 18. She previously served as senior vice president of Marcus Hotels & Resorts and will replace former CEO Paul Upchurch, who is leaving to pursue new opportunities.

Mike Fiber, previously chief operating officer of Chicago-based business event management firm PRA, has been promoted to CEO. He will replace Tony Lorenz, who has stepped down from the role.

Del Baker-Robertson has joined the Destinations International team as senior director of strategic alliances, a newly created position. He was previously vice president of strategic partnerships with the Electronic Transactions Association.

Ellide Smith is now vice president of event operations for Streamlinevents, an Emeryville, California-based meetings management company. She has two decades of experience managing experiential global events.

Germany-based brand experience company Moss has added five employees to its European sales team: Jens Muschal, sales director for Moss Europe; Nina Schiborr and Markus Fahrenheim, strategic account managers; Julian Barale, head of inside sales; and Karin Bruns, account manager.

Business information company Questex announced Patrick Nohilly as the company’s new CFO. He was previously president and CFO of Messe Frankfurt North America.

Jessica Morgan is the new tourism development director for Louisville Tourism. A native of Louisville, she has also worked at CVBs in Lee County and Bradenton (both in Florida).

Greater Palm Springs (California) CVB has appointed Angie Day to national sales manager for convention sales for the Northeast U.S. and Eastern Canada. She began her new position Nov. 4.


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