Coe races to victory in C&IT’s inaugural Power 50

London’s Olympic bid leader, Lord Coe topped the rankings of the individuals who have shaped the conference and incentives sector in the past year. The judges of the inaugural Conference & Incentive Travel Power 50 decided that Lord Coe’s efforts in bringing the Olympics to London in 2012 made the biggest impact on the sector in the past 12 months. The Power 50 is C&IT’s annual ranking of the great and the good in the multi billion pound C&I sector. As well as Lord Coe, it includes representatives from across the C&I sector, including client marketers, agencies, hotels, airlines, academia, exhibitions, national tourist organisations and suppliers. The 2006 list was produced following consultation with the industry and a judging process that involved broad representation from the industry. Judges sought to identify the individuals who had made the greatest contribution to the industry. C&IT associate editor, Stuart Derrick said: "The C&I sector is one of the most important in the UK and its work to motivate and reward millions of people provides a great boost to the economy. However there has been no platform to recognise the most inspirational figures in our industry until now." Marriott Hotels was kind sponsor of a champagne reception to launch the Power 50 at its prestigious Renaissance Chancery Court property. Members of the Power 50 and other key players in the industry attended the event. The full list of the Power 50 will be published in a supplement included in the April 2006 issue of C&IT. This is published on 4 April. The top ten 1. Lord Coe – Chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games 2. Paul Kennedy MBE - group exhibition director meetings & incentive events, Reed Travel Exhibitions 3. Nigel Cooper, director P&MM Group and chairman of Eventia 4. David Hornby, commercial director, Visit London 5. Elling Hamso, founder and managing partner European Event ROI Institute 6. Chris Birdsall, general procurement manager, T-Mobile 7. David Evans, Group chairman and chief executive, The Grass Roots Group 8. Gary Knight, manager global events and exhibitions, Land Rover 9. Jeremy Garbett, joint managing director, Jack Morton Worldwide 10. Fay Sharpe, sales and marketing director, Zibrant

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