Comexposium Group appoints ex-UBM EMEA CEO

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Comexposium Group announced today that Simon Foster (pictured), previously UBM EMEA CEO, has been appointed as CEO as of August 2017. Existing CEO Renaud Hamaide will then transition to executive chairman.

Foster will lead the Comexposium Group strategic development and implementation globally, managing existing products and teams, optimising products’ performance, as well as overseeing new business launches and acquisitions integration.

All division managing directors in France and regional CEOs in the US and in APAC will report to him. Foster will also manage HR, Business Solutions, Operations and Strategy & Integration teams.

Hamaide will focus on areas including: defining and steering the group strategy with Foster and the Board, managing Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions, as well as overseeing Investor Relations and Institutional Relations. Foster will report to Hamaide.

Hamaide said: “I am delighted to welcome Simon Foster as a CEO of Comexposium. Simon and I have known each other for a long time and have a strong and positive relationship. His decision to join Comexposium is positive recognition of the growth and potential of Comexposium. Personally, I look forward to working with him and benefiting from his experience and expertise in the business.”

Commenting on his new appointment Foster said, “I am pleased to be joining Comexposium to lead and continue the exciting development of the business. I am looking forward to working closely with my friend and esteemed colleague, Renaud Hamaide, to build on the existing strategy of developing Comexposium to become the leading French global exhibition business.”

Foster’s arrival will be key in delivering the group strategy to:

  • Accelerate the international development
  • Create a globally structured business, to sustain the development
  • Evolve the group’s value proposition in a challenging environment
  • Continue to drive improvement in the operational structure and approach to drive growth.

Comexposium is involved in more than 170 B2C and B2B events across 11 different sectors, including food, agriculture, fashion, security, digital, construction, high-tech, optics and transport.

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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