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Umang Gupta

Umang Gupta is the new Country General Manager for RX India. In this role, he will work to expand RX’s Indian events portfolio, and enhance its exhibitions and digital capabilities. Gupta has more than 10 years of management experience, and his previous position as the Marketing Director for India & Southeast Asia at Elsevier gives him an extensive knowledge of RELX.  

Elaine Williams

Elaine Williams, CMP, CEM-AP, Senior Director of Sales and Event Services at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (NOENMCC), was elected to the International Association of Exhibitions and Events Board of Directors. In this role, she will help the association consider new technologies and practices to benefit the global events industry.

Williams has more than 25 years of experience in the convention and hospitality fields. She joined the NOENMCC team in 2007 as National Sales Manager, and was promoted to her current role in 2013. Williams also serves on the Board of Governors for the International Association of Venue Managers’ Senior Executive Symposium.

Steve Basch

Steve Basch is the new Chief Financial Officer at Expo Convention Contractors Inc. He will oversee the company’s financial operations, help facilitate strategic growth initiatives and more. Basch has more than 20 years of finance and operations experience, and most recently served as a Finance and Operations Partner at CXO Partners. Basch was also CEO at Shepard Exposition Services from 2017-2022, where he helped the company achieve record earnings in 2022.  

Rachel Mazzanti was hired by The Expo Group as Executive Vice President, Show Sales. Mazzanti will work to drive sales growth at the company, and previously served as Vice President of Business Development at Freeman, where she worked in various roles, including Account Executive and Director of Business Development, for 11 years.  

Darren Temple

The Expo Group, an events services company, hired Darren Temple as Chief Growth Officer. Temple will help drive new business connections with trade shows, corporate events and more. He has more than 20 years of events industry experience, and most recently served as CEO and President of Switch. Before joining Switch, he was Chief Operations Officer at Meeting Professionals International.  

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Mark Temple-Smith

Mark Temple-Smith joined CloserStill Media as Group Managing Director, and he will also sit on the Group’s Executive Board. Bringing more than 25 years of experience in the trade show and exhibition industry to the role, he will help deliver growth opportunities and support the businesses that have joined CloserStill through M&A activity. Most recently, Temple-Smith served as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Chairman Tarsus Events at Informa Markets, and has served in various leadership positions around the world prior to that.

Dorothy Belshaw

ANDMORE promoted former Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer Dorothy Belshaw to President. Belshaw joined ANDMORE as President, Gift in 2012. Before working at ANDMORE, she was Senior Vice President and Director, New York International Gift Fair at George Little Management. Belshaw has more than 20 years of events industry experience.

Jonathan Pertchik

ANDMORE appointed Jonathan Pertchik as CEO. Pertchik was previously CEO at TravelCenters of America, and has more than two decades of management experience. Former ANDMORE CEO Bob Maricich, who founded the company (then known as International Market Centers) in 2011, will become Executive Chairman of the Board to facilitate an efficient transition.

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Lindsay Arell

ASM Global announced that Lindsay Arell will serve as its first Chief Sustainability Officer. Arell is the Founder of Honeycomb Strategies, and led the development of the ASM Global ACTS sustainability plan. With 20 years of experience pioneering sustainability in the live events industry, Arell will help drive sustainability efforts at ASM Global’s 400 venues, which include 50 green-certified venues, with plans like the introduction of reusable service ware in the North American portfolio by working with r.World.

Arell is also past Chair of the Events Industry Council Sustainability Committee and ASTM Venue Sustainability Standard. The announcement came alongside the venue-management company announcing it is intensifying its efforts to convert its venue portfolio to the most sustainable in the world.

Nicola Kastner

Nicola Kastner is the new CEO of Event Leaders Exchange (ELX), a private professional community that facilitates change-driving discussions between senior corporate event leaders. Kastner will enhance ELX’s strategic initiatives, global footprint and membership, and foster an intimate, collaborative environment for its members. She has more than 20 years of management experience, and helps global brands optimize their events as Founder of The Event Strategist. Before joining ELX, Kastner was Global Vice President of Event Marketing Strategy at SAP.

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