The Association of Event Organisers (AEO) has appointed Event Supplier & Services (ESSA) and Association of Event Venues (AEV) Director Chris Skeith as its new Chief Executive Officer.
Paul Michael, Chairman of the AEO, and CEO of Quartz Business Media, said: “The AEO has been seeking to appoint a new CEO following the resignation of Karim Halwagi.
“As the AEO continues to grow its reach and influence it was important to appoint an experienced individual who has an in-depth knowledge of the industry, the right connections inside and outside the industry, and within the community of key influencers with whom we engage.”
Skeith has served as ESSA Director for seven years and AEV Director for four years concurrently and will take up the post in November 2014. He will continue to be based at the Event Industry Alliance (EIA) headquarters in Berkhamsted, where all three associations have their secretariat offices.
Skeith added: “It is with mixed emotions that I move on to new challenges in my role as AEO CEO and leave my role as Director of ESSA and AEV. I have been privileged to work with many inspiring, successful individuals and companies in both ESSA and the AEV, and I am pleased to leave both associations in rude health. The time has come for me to take on new challenges, but I am delighted to say that these will be within the industry and I will be working with friends and colleagues old and new.”
The appointment was made by a selection committee of the AEO Board consisting of Paul Michael, AEO Chairman; Doug Emslie, Chairman of the AEO International Division; Simon Kimble, Chairman of Conference Committee; Andrew Evans, Chairman of Marketing Group, and Andrew Reed, AEO Treasurer.
“As an association we are entering our annual planning cycle, and appointing Chris at this juncture allows him to be fully involved, providing him with opportunity to contribute to plans and to have ownership from the outset,” added Michael.
Nick Marshall, ESSA Chair said it had been “a pleasure to work alongside Chris since the formation of ESSA when BECA and the Association of Event Contractors (AEC) merged in 2007. We have, as an association, a board and group of individuals, made great strides in achieving parity of voice for our segment of this industry and Chris has been at the centre of this activity. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Chris, on behalf of the board and personally, for the consistency and focus he has brought over this time. I am sure that the AEO will benefit from his knowledge, experience and commitment to our industry and I look forward to working with him in his new role.”
Nigel Nathan, AEV Chair also thanked Skeith for his hard work for the association.
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