i2i Events Group appoints Richard Baker as COO

Events organiser i2i Events Group has appointed a new Chief Operating officer
responsible for the entire UK exhibitions portfolio.
 
Richard
Baker takes the new position having previously served as Group Operational Director at i2i Events Group. He joined the company in 1994.
 
Baker
will be responsible for managing all i2i’s UK exhibitions, with a
particular focus on developing and extending the portfolio through
broader strategic initiatives and launches and acquisitions in the UK.
 
“I
am delighted to announce the appointment of Richard as COO,” said i2i
Events Group CEO Mark Shashoua. “He has a strong history within the
company and vast experience across all our business types. I am
confident that he will make a significant contribution to the continued
development of our UK based exhibitions business and the overall
strategic objectives of the group.”
 
Baker started his career as
sales manager across print and exhibitions and led the launch of the
company’s first trade show in South Africa in 1995. He later moved to
Dubai where he transformed a small magazine business into a 150-strong
organisation, launching MEED Conferences, MEED Projects and MEED
Insight.
 
He was most recently instrumental in running i2i’s
large scale events portfolio, which encompasses World Retail Congress,
World Architecture Festival and the Patient Safety Congress.
 
“I
look forward to taking on this new role at i2i and to working on great
events such as Spring Fair, Bett, RWM, Pure and BVE,” said Baker. “With
the exhibition teams we aim to work even more closely with our customers
going forward, to further develop each brand and to consistently
deliver excellent events.”
 
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