Paul Kennedy to leave Reed Travel Exhibitions

Vanessa Cotton joins the company in new advisory role

Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) has announced that Paul Kennedy, group exhibition director for the Meetings and Incentive portfolio of events, including EIBTM, is to leave the business in August.

Excel London's former managing director of conferences and events, Vanessa Cotton, has been appointed non-executive chair to the meetings and events portfolio to support and advise the team and assist with the process of finding a successor to Kennedy.

Since joining Reed in 2004, Kennedy has overseen the reengineering of EIBTM following its relocation to Barcelona, the launch of GIBTM in Abu Dhabi, the restructuring and re-launch of CIBTM in Beijing, and the continuing development of AIME in Melbourne.

"I have decided its now time for a break from the amazingly fast paced environment involving almost constant overseas travel," said Kennedy. "Frankly I want to take some time out, re-energise and decide what I want to do next."

Reed Travel Exhibitions managing director Richard Mortimore added: "I am very sad to see Paul leave us, but after five years in this demanding job he has decided to spend the next stage of his career in part developing other business interests.

"Vanessa will help provide a smooth transition, as well as an ongoing strategic role for the portfolio. Her experience and stature within the meetings industry worldwide will help to maintain our global connections and assist with our review and next steps."

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