Informa plc has appointed Adam Andersen to group director of the Pharma Portfolio, which was previously part of UBM.
The portfolio includes brands such as the global CPhI exhibition series – as well as co-located P-MEC, ICSE, Innopack, FDF – bioLIVE and Pharmapack Europe.
Prior to his appointment, Andersen headed Informa’s Natural Products Expos and SupplySide tradeshows. He brings a wealth of industry experience, having spent more than 12 years with Informa’s New Hope Network, and Global Exhibitions division.
Commenting on his appointment, Andersen said: “Events like CPhI Worldwide and Pharmapack are widely admired both within the pharma industry, where they deliver invaluable new contacts and partnerships, but also amongst the wider exhibitions sector. It’s a great privilege to lead this team and we will continue to focus on our customers to deliver greater success in the future.”
Kristin Lamb, formerly head of public sector, has been promoted internally to head of sales and service for ExecSpace, one of the UK’s leading venue finding agencies.
In her new role, Lamb will have overall responsibility for the service provided by the sales team, and she will continue to build strong relationships with clients and deliver exceptional service.
Lamb will also be responsible for managing four venue consultants, representing both the public and private sectors, allowing her to oversee the entire venue finding process.
Lamb commented: “Joining ExecSpace in 2014 as account manager, I could have never imagined the journey I’ve been on with the company. I have learnt a huge amount over the last five years and I was thrilled to be given the opportunity of Head of Sales and Service.
“I am extremely proud of everything I have achieved and I’m looking forward to the new challenges that this role will bring.”
Audience interaction specialist Slido has announced the appointment of Kursha Woodgate to the newly created role of brand and communications director.
The new role will focus on brand development, positioning and communications strategy, and will have a global remit.
Kursha was formerly managing director of Mexia Communications, an award-winning PR agency specialising in the international meetings and events sector which Kursha founded, grew and managed for almost 12 years.
Woodgate commented: “The Slido team have always been fantastic to work with. The company culture is very open, with a focus on continuous improvement and a genuine desire to have a positive impact on the quality of meetings and events for clients.
“There is a real passion and buzz at Slido; I am truly delighted to be joining such a dynamic team at this exciting time for the company.”
Events and exhibitions contractor Thorns Group has appointed Nick Parkes as operations manager, to oversee the day to day running of Thorns’ portfolio of live events.
Nick’s internal promotion recognises his hard work and dedication to successfully delivering world leading events including the RHS Flower Shows, Cisco Live, Royal Ascot and Gartner to name but a few.
Nick’s role will involve working closely with the senior site managers, warehouse, operations and sales teams within Thorns Group, and will be instrumental in helping the company further improve the operation and delivery of all events and exhibitions throughout the year.
Upon being appointed, Nick commented: “I’m looking forward to a new and exciting challenge working more closely, not just with the organisers, but also various teams within the company to make sure all of our events run smoothly, and we continue to deliver award winning customer service.”
Chelsea FC has announced a new head chef, Paul Marsh, for the club’s range of meetings and events.
Marsh is very well experienced in the hospitality industry, having managed several positions as head chef, including: Stadium MK Double Tree by Hilton in Milton Keynes, Luton Hoo Hotel on the border of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, The Old Watermill in Bedfordshire and The Aeglesburgh in Aylesbury.
Simon Hunter, head of venue and development, commented: “It’s a pleasure to welcome Paul to the team and to introduce this new dedicated service to our clients. Paul’s appointment will ensure that our meetings and events offering continues to be second to none.”
Barbican Business Events has announced that Jo Welfare has joined the team as sales administration manager, following 15 years in other roles at the conference and arts venue.
With extensive experience at the Barbican, including her most recent position as music administrator, Welfare joins the business events team with a wealth of relevant knowledge. She will also take up the position of finance chair for the London City Selection.
Jackie Boughton, head of business events for the Barbican, said: “We’re delighted by Joanne’s move to our team as we continue to see exciting growth for our offering in the year ahead. Jo’s experience and abilities will ensure we maintain our current momentum and I look forward to seeing her develop in the role.”
Welfare commented: “I am looking forward to the new challenges this role offers, whilst delivering value to the business events team. I see this as a real opportunity to grow and learn new skills whilst honing my already extensive knowledge of the venue.”