Damion Angus takes over as chairman of Montgomery Group

Sandy Angus has stepped down as chairman of international exhibition organiser Montgomery Group after over five decades at the heart of the business.  

Group managing director Damion Angus (pictured) takes on the additional role of chairman, effective 1 November.  Sandy Angus will assume the role of non-executive director, while remaining chairman of Angus Montgomery Arts, a subsidiary of Montgomery Group.  

Over the course of his career, Sandy Angus has co-founded and invested in numerous events around the world, including the launch of London Art Fair in 1982, Art Hong Kong in 2007 and India Art Fair in 2011. 

During that time Montgomery Group has remained an independently run family business while evolving into a global exhibition organiser, with offices in Europe, Asia, Africa and the UK, and events spanning industries such as food and drink, hospitality, art, photography, security, manufacturing, mining and more.  

Sandy Angus commented: "As Montgomery Group continues to diversify into new industries and geographies, it feels like a perfect time to step down to enable younger ideas and energy to take hold. I am delighted that Damion has agreed to step up to take on the role of chairman. He is perfectly equipped to take the Group forward and ensure our relevance and contribution to the communities we serve.  

“I will continue to lead Angus Montgomery Arts as chairman where we will seek to expand our portfolio across Asia as part of the Art Assembly Group which currently organise seven fairs in Asia and two in other parts of the world.” 

During a distinguished exhibition industry career, Sandy Angus has served as president of UFI, chairman of the UK’s Association of Exhibition Organisers (AEO) and chairman of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE).  

Kai Hattendorf, managing director and CEO of UFI, said: “Sandy Angus’ contributions to our industry are second to none. An UFI president just into the new millennium, from 2001 to 2003, he has not just stayed in touch afterwards, but to this day continues to support and inspire the UFI team and our global community in many ways.” 

Chris Skeith, CEO of the AEO, added: “Sandy has been at the beating heart of Montgomery Group and the UK and global exhibition industry for decades. Professionalism, integrity, entrepreneurship and family values have been evident in everything I’ve witnessed since I joined the industry almost 30 years ago.  

“Passion for his consumers, staff and partners is evident, and he trailblazed into new and emerging markets before many of his counterparts, creating pathways for growth for the whole industry. He created new ways of working, partnerships and joint ventures abound created new marketplaces for many sectors across in many countries - not least South Africa and Southeast Asia. .” 

Damion Angus concluded: “It is a great honour to become chairman of the Group and to follow in the large footsteps of Sandy and Bryan Montgomery before him. Whilst the pandemic certainly challenged the Group on every level, I really feel we have come out of it as a much stronger business, and I very much look forward to delivering on our post-Cvid strategy.  

“On behalf of our board and our teams across the world I would like to say a big thank you to Sandy and I am delighted that we will continue to benefit from his wisdom and experience as a non-executive director.” 

To find out more about Montgomery Group events around the world, visit montgomerygroup.com