Taking on the role of senior vice president of operations, Brown’s appointment will take effect from 1 October 2016. She has more than 15 years’ experience in the events industry, including seven years working with pharmaceutical and life science clients at Ashfield Meetings & Events.
During her career with the agency, she has held various positions including operational, account management, training and business development roles. In this time she has worked with pharmaceutical, medical devices, diagnostic, nutritional health, biotech and association clients.
The full Ashfield Meetings & Events Board line up includes Nicola Burns, global managing director, Gavin Houston, CEO Americas, Penny Callaghan, director of group business services, Jo Brook, engagement director and Laura Brown, SVP operations.
The appointment follows Brown’s move in February 2015 from the agency’s European Hub in the UK as an account director to its US office in Ivyland, Pennsylvania, where she acted as vice preseident of operations with responsibility for the performance of the different operational business units across the agency's American offices. During this period, the business has grown from 80 to 120 full-time employees.
Commenting on her appintment, Brown said: "With a number of new staff appointments over the past year and numerous new business wins, I am thrilled to take on the responsilbility of SVP Operations at such an exciting time.
"I have been working very closely with Gavin [Houston] for the past 12 months with a focus on leading sustainable growth to our US operations. I am looking forward to this continuing and working alongside the rest of the board to ensure we deliver against the strategic and operational plans for the global business."
Burns added: "We are delighted to be making this appointment. Laura has been working closely with the management team to develop our US business to a market leading position and prepare us for the next stage of our predicted growth.
"Laura’s remit will be to continue to expand and enhance the services we offer and oversee the delivery throughout the US. With her full service background and creative and production knowledge we have already seen a growing frequency of the agency’s US client base to utilise our engagement services."
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