New blood at Ashfield Meetings & Events

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Healthcare event management specialists Ashfield Meetings & Events has announced the appointment of Laura Brown to the board of directors as senior vice president of operations, effective from 1 October 2016.

Brown has over 15 years’ event experience including seven years working with pharmaceutical and life science clients at Ashfield Meetings & Events.

Brown’s appointment follows her move in February 2015 from the agency’s European Hub in the UK as an account director to their U.S. hub office in Ivyland, Pennsylvania, as vice president of operations. Since her move from the UK, Brown has overseen the business grow from 80 to 120 full-time employees. This has been aligned with the implementation of new learning and development initiatives and enhanced quality framework procedures to strengthen the foundation for future growth.

The full Ashfield Meetings & Events Board line up now includes Nicola Burns (global managing director), Gavin Houston (CEO Americas), Penny Callaghan (director of group business services), Jo Brook (engagement director) and Laura Brown (SVP operations).

On her appointment, Brown said: “With a number of new staff appointments over the past year and numerous new business wins I am thrilled to take on the responsilbility of SVP Operations at such an exciting time. I have been working very closely with Gavin [Houston] for the past 12 months with a focus on leading sustainable growth to our US operations.”

Nicola Burns, global managing director said: “We are delighted to be making this appointment. Laura [Brown] has been working closely with the management team to develop our US business to a market leading position and prepare us for the next stage of our predicted growth.

Her remit will be to continue to expand and enhance the services we offer and oversee the delivery throughout the U.S. With her full service background and creative and production knowledge we have already seen a growing frequency of the agency’s U.S. client base to utilise our engagement services.”

Martin Fullard

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Martin Fullard is the Deputy Editor at Conference News. Formerly a web editor at a national newspaper in the Middle East and motoring journalist.

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