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Miguel Neves replaces James Samuel as MPI president

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has announced Miguel Neves as the new UK and Ireland chapter president.

Miguel Neves, new MPI UK and Ireland chapter president
Miguel Neves, new MPI UK and Ireland chapter president
The committee nominated Neves, senior online community manager at IMEX Group, as president for 2013/14, after James Samuel stepped down.

Samuel became president of MPI UK in July, when he was event director of International Confex. Mash Media bought International Confex from UBM in September, with the deal not including staff.

Samuel, event director of Leisure Industry Week, said: "Following my move outside of the industry after several years involved at board level I am reluctantly relinquishing my position of president at MPI."

Neves, who currently sits on the Accepted Practices Exchange council and received the MPI RISE award for member of the year in July, said: "I look forward to contributing and strengthening the strategic direction of the MPI UK & Ireland chapter. We have a strong board and volunteer base that are committed to the development of the meetings industry and we feel that MPI UK & Ireland chapter can have an important part to play. We are also making our best efforts to personally connect with all our members and grow our business community."

Samme Allen, head of sales for business events at the Barbican Centre and former president of MPI UK & Ireland chapter, said: "A strong board of directors plus Miguel's experience in both his leadership role at IMEX and his long standing reputation globally amongst meeting professionals will certainly help drive the chapter forward and help our members become more successful."

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