After six years with Visit London, commercial director David Hornby has left “to focus on new challenges and opportunities,” says Visit London interim CEO Sally Chaterjee. She thanked Hornby “for his hard work” and wished him “every success”.
During his time at Visit London, Hornby re-launched London’s convention bureau and led the formation of Events for London, bringing events such as the NFL, UEFA Champions League Final 2011, World Badminton Championships 2011 and this year’s first London Restaurant Festival, to London.
Hornby told Exhibition News he is keen to go on to do things he enjoys, “like projects”. Starting as an adviser on events development, initially, for AEG Europe, owner of London’s O2, Hornby is confident of adding more project work in the coming weeks.
“The longer I stayed at Visit London, the fewer the opportunities,” he added, explaining that the countdown to 2012 increasingly tied him in with the 2012 project. “Now is an appropriate time for me to focus on some new challenges and opportunities.”
President and CEO, AEG Europe David Campbell, said he was “delighted” that Hornby would be working with the team, providing strategic advice to AEG Europe on the future development of The O2’s hotel and event facilities.”
Tracy Halliwell will continue to head London’s business and convention services, although it is understood Visit London will look to replace Hornby with a new head for its Events for London team.