Goedegebuure to leave SECC for Maritz Travel

Ben Goedegebuure will step down as sales director of the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) in Glasgow in January 2014 to join Maritz Travel Company.

Ben Goedegebuure is to leave SECC for Maritz Travel in January 2014
Ben Goedegebuure is to leave SECC for Maritz Travel in January 2014

Goedegebuure is to join Maritz Travel in February and will take on a newly created role as global general manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Goedegebuure joined the SECC in 2005 and has overseen the launch of the SSE Hydro in September 2013, as well as Glasgow's emergence as a global brand in the meetings and events industry.

Michael Hirst, chair of the Business Visits & Events Partnership, said: "The SECC has been a true representative of the excellence of the UK events industry and Ben and his team have been instrumental in keeping and attracting international business to the UK."

Scott Taylor, chief executive of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, added: "Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and the SECC work in close partnership and I'm sure this will continue to the benefit of our clients. We wish Ben every success in his new position with the Maritz Travel Company."

Goedegebuure also became the Professional Convention Management Association's (PCMA) first non-North American Board Member in 2011.

John Sharkey, group CEO of the SECC, added: "We have had an amazing few years as a city and as a venue. We have expanded our conference business around the world, we have brought in new and dynamic exhibitions and we have extended and diversified our product, not least with the arrival of the SSE Hydro. We wish him the very best of luck with his new role."

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