China’s Xianjin Chen Elected Incoming UFI President

HIL ANDERSON, SENIOR EDITOR
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Ghent, Belgium –Xianjin Chen, chairman of the Organizing Committee of the China Association for Exhibition Centers, was elected incoming president of UFI, the Association for the Global Exhibition Industry. Chen, president and chairman of Shanghai International Exhibition Co. Ltd., will commence his one-year term as UFI president in November 2012.

Chen is the first Chinese executive elected to serve as president of UFI, which has 82 Chinese member organizations making up 15% of the total membership.

“UFI plays a unique role representing the leaders of the exhibition industry, and I will be encouraging our Chinese organizers and venue managers to play an active role within the association,” said Chen.

Chen has been active in the trade show industry since 1984. He helped develop the Auto Shanghai brand and also serves as vice chairman of Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce.

The UFI presidential term of one year builds on a three-year cycle, which includes one year as incoming president, one year as incumbent president, and one year as immediate past-president. For the 2011/2012 session, Arie Brienen, CEO, Jaarbeurs Holding, Netherlands, will succeed Eric Everard, executive chairman, Artexis Group, Belgium, as UFI president.

Reach UFI managing director Paul Woodward at (33) 1 46 39 75 15 or pw@ufi.org