Informa Markets has announced the appointments of Mark Temple-Smith as its chief operating officer and Nancy Walsh as its president of fashion business.
Temple-Smith joins Informa Markets with over 20 years’ experience in the international exhibitions industry. His previous experience includes working for GAP and as the president for the Informa Markets fashion portfolio. He has also managed international exhibitions brands within Canon Communications, ITE Group, and Tarsus.
In his new role, Temple-Smith will be responsible for developing the way Informa Markets can become a ‘market maker’ for customers and specialist markets.
Walsh joins with experience from Freeman, where she held the position of SVP of brand experience. She has also worked as president of Reed Exhibitions alongside leading consumer shows such as the JCK jewellery show, the National Hardware Show and the PGA Merchandise Show.
Charlie McCurdy, CEO, Informa Markets, said: “Nancy brings a wealth of experience in running a large-scale, international exhibitions business, with a successful track record of driving revenue growth through creating new brand experiences for customers. It’s testament to the reputation we have within our industry that we’re able to attract such outstanding talent to our already strong team.”
Walsh comments that she is “excited to join an international business with such a strong portfolio of high-quality specialist brands, committed to investing in developing new technology and innovative digital solutions for its customers.”
She believes this is important in the “fast-paced and highly international fashion industry, where the needs of consumers and therefore exhibition customers is ever changing.”
Temple-Smith states that Informa Markets are always looking for more “effective ways to deliver products and services that meets customer needs” adding that working with its fashion business team has “strengthened the global community of brands and retailers”.