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McCurdy Honored with Robert L. Krakoff Award of Excellence

Sandi Cain
, News Editor
April 3, 2017
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Atlanta -- Charlie McCurdy, CEO of Informa’s Global Exhibitions Division, this week was named the 2017 winner of the Robert L. Krakoff Industry Award of Excellence. The award, presented annually by the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO), is given only to the most impactful leaders of for-profit businesses in the exhibition and event industry. It is the only award given out by SISO.

Ned Krause, current Chairman of SISO and a past recipient of the Krakoff Award, called McCurdy an “innovator and a leader who has made a positive impact for the whole industry.” Prior to his position at Informa, McCurdy was CEO at George Little Management and CEO at Canon Communications, which was acquired by United Business Media in 2010).

In his acceptance of the Krakoff Award, McCurdy said he was not only honored to receive the award for his own contributions, but for “what the award itself says about the importance today of our industry to companies and entrepreneurs doing business in the global marketplace.”

Informa presents 170 trade and consumer exhibitions each year throughout the world and includes the brands of Arab Health, Cityscape, China Beauty Expo, World of Concrete and Fan Expo. In March, Informa acquired Yachting Promotions Inc, which operates some of the largest boat shows in the U.S.

The Award of Excellence was established in 2008 after the death of trade show legend Robert L. Krakoff, whose own career in the exhibition industry was extensive. At the time of his death, he was President and CEO of Nielsen Business Media and was previously chair and CEO of Advanstar Inc. 

Reach David Audrain, Executive Director of SISO, at (404) 334-4585 or David@SISO.org; Charlie McCurdy at +44 (0) 20 7017 5000 or charlie.mccurdy@informa.com

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