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With around 2,000 exhibitors, the inaugural IMEX America is the largest meetings industry trade show in the U.S. This event is now the pacesetter, the game-changer-and already turning up the beat for 2012. Be here!POWERING THE PACE OF GLOBAL BUSINESSthe pulse of the meetings industry.imexamerica.com

ISSUE 65 / ConfErEnCE & MEEtIngS World / 99PeopleMalaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau has appointed Tony Nagamaiah as GM of its International Events Unit. CEO of South Africa Tourism Thandiwe January-Mclean has left and Tim Scholtz heads the bureau pending a new appointment. Conference organiser UBM Asia has promoted Mike Tan to Senior VP. Leigh Harry has resigned as Chief Executive of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre to take up the role of CEO at Tourism Victoria. MCEC Deputy Chief Leighton Wood has become the Acting Chief Executive. Keith Herdman has been appointed the Acting CEO of the Melbourne Convention and Visitors Bureau following the departure of Sandra Chipchase. Chipchase has joined New South Wales Government's new tourism body, Destination NSW.Singapore venue Marina Bay Sands has appointed George Tanasijevich as its new President and CEO. Former VP of Conventions and Exhibitions, Benny Zin, has been promoted to COO.The Institute of Travel and Meetings has lost its CEO of six years, Paul Tilstone to the Global Business Travel Association, where he will be Chief Global Development Officer.Edgar Hirt has been unanimously re-elected President of the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC). Guoman and Thistle Hotels has appointed Ian Barrigan as Global Director of Sales.Dubai-based hospitality company, Jumeirah Group, has appointed two new Directors of Sales and Marketing for its hotels in Germany, Isabella Owen and in Spain, Sandra Farrero, and a Brand Marketing Manager for Europe, Alison Wheatley.The Business Events Council of Australia has appointed Inge Garofani, the Executive Manager of conference company Arinex, as its Executive Manager. Aiden McAuley has been appointed MD of both Swissôtel The Stamford and Fairmont Singapore. Previously, he held the dual roles of Regional Vice President of Asia Pacific for Swissôtel Hotels and GM of Swissôtel the Stamford. Proske Sports has appointed Christian Fuchs as Account Director with a focus on the hospitality and ticketing management programme at UEFA EURO 2012 in Poland and Ukraine for UEFA sponsor Coca-Cola. Venue Amsterdam RAI has appointed Bart van der Heijden as Head of Account Management. Niseth Boerrigter-van der Meulen will head the RAI Hotel and Travel Service.UK-based business travel booking agency, Hogg Robinson Group has appointed James Stevenson as Global Sales Director. Sofitel Worldwide has appointed Robert Gaymer-Jones as CEO. Dolce Hotels and Resorts has appointed Jan-Willem den Ridder as VP of Development for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. On the moveName: Eric RozenbergTitle: President of Swantegy and the Non-Executive Chairman of Reed Travel Exhibitions' portfolio of meeting tradeshows. How did you get into the meetings industry? By coincidence and a gut feeling! During my student business studies, I was involved in AIESEC, the largest student association and I organised projects in many countries. Years later I learned about the industry's existence and felt this is what I should be doing.What do you hope to achieve in the new position?I will be assisting the team with the strategic portfolio development; from international intelligence to thought leadership for education programmes, and facilitating events at the shows. I also hope to enhance the profile of the CEO Summit, which is now on two continents following its AIBTM launch. Where do you see as emerging meetings destinations? With the data on the economic impact of our industry, many are now investing in meetings infrastructure. When you see what countries like China, India, Brazil, Russia or the Gulf countries have built in recent years and are preparing for the future, it is simply mind blowing. What is the most positive thing about the events industry?If you think about it, whether it is to increase business performance, discuss agreements, or celebrate successes, it is always based on face-to-face. Too often, we reduce our role to logistics, which is important but far from being enough. What frustrates you about the industry? Most organisations are still under-utilising everything our industry has to offer.Above: farrero; tilstone; McAuley; Harry; garofani; and HirtInterviewFor all the latest breaking news and daily updates visitwww.c-mw.netsend any people on the move news to: sarah@mashmedia.net