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Galen Poss Named Vice Chair of dmg::events; Dickinson and Mellor Also Move Up

HIL ANDERSON, SENIOR EDITOR

Stamford, CT –  A series of launches and strong organic growth has brought dmg::events (dmge) to the enviable position of organizing 80 events in 25 countries and led to several promotions in the executive suite effective October 1, announced Suresh Kavan, dmge chairman. COO Galen Poss moves up to vice chairman; Geoff Dickinson, president of dmge in the Middle East and Asia, the company’s largest division, was promoted to CEO of dmg::events; and Simon Mellor, senior vice president of the Middle East and Asia division, was named president of that division.

Dickinson will remain based in Dubai, an area where he and dmge have had a run of successes in recent years.

In just three years with dmge, Dickinson expanded the division’s portfolio from eight to 20 events. “His division has delivered double-digit revenue and profit growth each of the last three years, while also growing his team’s and dmge’s reputation in the region,” said Kavan.

The new job puts Dickinson in charge of all dmge operations around the world plus a seat on the company’s board of directors. Dickinson launched two successful exhibition companies, Epoc International and Mecom Forums, which were sold to Messe Frankfurt and Clarion respectively before he joined dmge.

The promotion to vice chairman was the latest step up for Poss, who has about 35 years in the industry and joined dmge in 2011. Poss spent nine years at the helm of Hanley Wood and is a past chairman of the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO), the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) Services Council and the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR).

Simon joined dmge in 2001 and was given the reins of the company’s energy and construction shows in the Middle East in 2011. He also was a driving force behind the launch and development of the Big 5 construction show and its Big 5 Saudi Arabia spinoff. Big 5 has grown into an event spanning 100,000 gross square metres (1.07 million gross square feet).

Reach Suresh Kavan at (203) 973-2940 or sureshkavan@dmgevents.com; Galen Poss at (203) 883-4702 or galenposs@dmgeventscom; Geoff Dickinson at +971 4 4380355 or geoffdickinson@dmgevents.com; Simon Mellor at +971 4 4380355 or simonmellor@dmgevents.com