Maritz Travel Company appoints SECC’s Ben Goedegebuure

The Sales Director at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) in Glasgow, Ben Goedegebuure, will step down from his role at the end of January 2014 to join event management company Maritz Travel Company.
 
In a newly-created role, Goedegebuure will be Global General Manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. His remit is to create new opportunities that will further enhance the business’ ability to service clients through the meeting, event and incentive travel experience.
 
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the SECC in Glasgow, a highly inspiring place of work with a truly exceptional workforce that is dedicated to real client satisfaction,” he tells CN. “Glasgow is an exciting city to live and work in, a city that will only get more exciting as it hosts the Commonwealth Games and so many other great conferences and events in the New Year and the many years to come.”
 
Goedegebuure began his career at the SECC in 2005 and has seen the venue grow, alongside its home city of Glasgow. His move follows one of the most successful years in the venue’s 27-year history, which culminated in the launch of the SSE Hydro in September 2013.
 
This eight-and-a-half-year tenure also saw the arrival and continuation of some of the industry’s highest profile events, from association conferences to many corporate and  governmental events.
 
“The SECC has been a true representative of the excellence of the UK events industry and Ben and his team have been instrumental in keeping and attracting international business to the UK,” says Michael Hirst, Chair of the Business Visits & Events Partnership.
 
Scott Taylor, Chief Executive of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, adds: “Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and the SECC work in close partnership and I’m sure this will continue to the benefit of our clients. We wish Ben every success in his new position with the Maritz Travel Company.”
 
Goedegebuure also oversaw the global expansion of the venue’s business and its partnerships through many professional associations including Eventia, AEV, ICCA and the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), where he became the first non-North American Board Member in 2011.
 
“The true value of Glasgow as a conference and events destination lies in the fact that we have been able to create a collaborative force with our partners to attract the best events to this wonderful city,” Goedegebuure tells CN. “Exciting developments have taken place over the past years and my hard working colleagues have created one of the most exhilarating multi-purpose conference, exhibition, concert and events locations in Europe and indeed the world. The SECC campus has undoubtedly become a world-class series of venues that can compete with anyone locally, nationally and internationally.”
 
Goedegebuure begins his new role at Maritz Travel in February 2014.
 
John Sharkey, Group CEO of the SECC adds: “We have had an amazing few years as a city and as a venue. We have expanded our conference business around the world, we have brought in new and dynamic exhibitions and we have extended and diversified our product, not least with the arrival of the SSE Hydro. We wish him the very best of luck with his new role.”
 
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