White Plains, NY – Charles McCurdy will take over as CEO of George Little Management on behalf of the new equity owners of the company and bring in a new executive team with him. Doug Smith, former CFO of Education Dynamics and a former senior vice president of PRIMEDIA, Inc., will step in as the CFO and chief administrative officer. GLM President Alan Steel will leave the company after an unspecified transition period along with Senior Vice President Jack Withiam and Jeff Little, the grandson of GLM founder George Little.
“Alan, Jeff and Jack were foundational leaders of GLM and instrumental in building it into the successful business and industry leader it is today,” McCurdy said. “Over the years they have had the foresight to make the right strategic choices to allow the company to grow.”
The move brings McCurdy back into the role of face-to-face media. He had been the head of Canon Communications until the company was acquired by United Business Media last year for $287 million. He acquired GLM from Britain’s Daily Mail and General Trust plc for $173 million earlier this year in a partnership with Providence Equity Partners known as GLM Holdings.
“The company is now positioned to begin its next chapter, which will continue to build and evolve on GLM’s long history of facilitating buyers and sellers in the specialty retail space,” McCurdy said. “Our strategy of creating both face-to-face and online, buying, selling and networking platforms for our customers will create opportunities for expanded growth.”
GLM organizes 15 trade shows, including the semi-annual Surf Expo and New York International Gift Fair, which gave the company four events on the Trade Show Executive Gold 100 rankings of largest U.S. exhibitions.