Global exhibition organiser Informa Markets has announced it is reshaping the business by bringing together its North America-headquartered brands. They include Natural Products Expo, World of Concrete, Supplyside West and Magic, and will come under a single leadership team led by Nancy Walsh (pictured).
Walsh, who previously worked as president of the company's fashion portfolio, has been promoted to the role of president of the expanded North America portfolio.
Walsh joined Informa Markets from Freeman, where she held the position of SVP Brand Experience, and prior to that she spent 32 years at Reed Exhibitions where she worked her way up to President – North America.
Charlie McCurdy, CEO of Informa Markets, said: “Since joining us, Nancy has immersed herself in understanding what value we can offer to our customers through our brands and developed solutions that keep our communities connected, 365 days a year. She and her team have demonstrated innovation and entrepreneurship – two fundamental attributes to our culture at Informa Markets. By elevating Nancy to this broader role, I have every faith that she will help all our North America headquartered brands to continue to develop sustainable and effective physical events and evolve digital solutions.”
Walsh added: “It’s been an honour to work alongside such passionate colleagues who have continued to deliver for our customers in what has been a challenging year for us all. I’m excited to take on this new role, drawing upon what we’ve learned in the Informa Markets Fashion group and bringing it together with what other industry-leading brands across the rest of this enlarged North America portfolio have done to develop the best solutions for our customers.”
These changes will see Rick McConnell and Fred Linder, who led the former North America group and Health & Nutrition group respectively, leave the business at the end of this year.
McCurdy added: “Rick and Fred have both been strong leaders, instrumental in building up their areas of the business, as well as trusted advisors and friends. On behalf of our senior team, I wish them every success in their future ventures.”