60 seconds with... SECC's Ben Goedegebuure

C&IT caught up with Ben Goedegebuure, who announced yesterday (28 November) that he'll be stepping down as sales director of the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) in January to join Maritz Travel.

Ben Goedegebuure is to leave SECC for Maritz Travel
Ben Goedegebuure is to leave SECC for Maritz Travel

Why are you leaving the SECC for Maritz Travel?

It's simply that a new opportunity arose and it sounded like a job I wanted to do. I used to work for Congrex, the professional conference organiser, so I'm moving back into a similar field with my new role at Maritz Travel. A new sales director at the SECC has not been appointed yet. 

What does your new role entail?

In February 2014 I shall start my new and exciting role as global general manager Europe, the Middle East and Africa for Maritz Travel Company, joining a newly formed team of global general managers for LATA and APAC.

In the role, I will be supporting Maritz Travel’s clients, including Experient – a Maritz Travel company, and its meeting, event, tradeshow and incentive travel programme guests around the globe. I will also lend enhanced global insights for MTC clients’ strategies and their programme deliveries; enrich Maritz Travel’s market presence, team leadership and knowledge base; and further support a continued and avid supplier network. I shall be working from a base in The Netherlands.

What has been your highlight at the SECC?

I started in conference sales in 2005 and moved into my current role when the business was re-jigged. I'm proud of the collaborative nature of Glasgow's business tourism industry. We have implemented a lot of creative and innovative thinking.

Glasgow is a spectacular place – it's always buzzing and is a great place to live. Next year will be exciting for Scotland with the Commonwealth Games, the Ryder Cup and the MTV Awards. 

More: In numbers: Glasgow prepares for big 2014

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