Richard Mortimore, managing director of RTE, said: "Vanessa was appointed to support and advise the meetings and events portfolio team. Her experience and stature within the meetings industry worldwide has also helped us review our global portfolio, grow our international connections, and develop their potential."
Cotton said: "My objectives when I joined Reed were to contribute to the development of all four shows in the portfolio, to spearhead the launch of a new US show (AIBTM), to develop a plan for America Meetings Week and to help appoint a group exhibition director for the meetings portfolio. I'm really proud of the fact that we have achieved all of those things."
Cotton joined RTE in June last year after the company announced that group exhibition director Paul Kennedy was leaving.
Craig Moyes, previously exhibition director of World Travel Market, was appointed as Kennedy's replacement in January.