NORWALK, Conn. – Reed Exhibitions named a new president for its U.S. division and announced the departure of three senior vice presidents as part of a rearrangement of the entire portfolio.
Debbie Evans will move to Norwalk effective Jan. 1 to become President of RX US, reporting to Herve Sedky, President of Reed Exhibitions Americas. She is currently President of RX South East Asia and Australia, a position she rose to in 2015.
“I could not be more thrilled to welcome Debbie to help lead Reed Exhibitions US,” Sedky said. “Debbie’s unique ability to balance the needs of the business, the needs of our customers, and the needs of our people are what made her the perfect candidate to lead our business forward.”
Evans steps into the role previously held by Nancy Walsh, who left Reed in 2017. Walsh had been in charge of U.S. and Latin American operations, while Evans will focus solely on the U.S.
Evans’ appointment was one of the personnel moves in Reed’s U.S. operations that were announced Sept. 20. In addition, there was a reconfiguration of the company’s various show portfolios. It was announced that three Senior Vice Presidents — Ed Several, Melissa Ashely, and Matt Logan — have left the company to pursue new opportunities.
As a result of the departures, Senior Vice President Yancy Weinrich will add the Vision Expo events to her current portfolio of Golf and Jewelry shows. Group Vice President Michael Mandl will take charge of the National Hardware Show and Global Gaming Expo; Vice President Michael Kisken adds Book Expo to his portfolio. The book show will be run by Event Manager Jenny Martin.
The changes were revealed following the Sept. 10 announcement in London that Reed’s parent company, RELX Group, had completed the “the simplification of its corporate structure by which its previous dual parent company structure has been simplified to a single parent company, RELX PLC.”