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Appointments bring 'wealth of experience' to NEC Group

Former ExCeL London chair and former Reed Exhibitions CEO join board as non-executive directors
14/09/2016

Pictured: Sir David Arculus

Former ExCeL London chair Sir David Arculus and former Reed Exhibitions CEO Mike Rusbridge have been appointed non-executive directors of the NEC Group.


The two appointments come as the NEC Group continues on its growth plans, following last year's change of ownership from Birmingham City Council to LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group. It also follows the appointment of Peter Phillipson, former chair of Merlin Entertainments, as NEC Group chair in December 2015.


Arculus' other previous positions include former group managing director of Emap, COO of United News and Media (now UBM), as well as chair of Clarion Events following its private equity buy-out in 2008.


Rusbridge stepped down from the helm at Reed Exhibitions in December 2015 after spearheading more than 150 acquisitions, including the large takeover of Miller Freeman in 2000. During his time as CEO and chair, the business grew from a $400 million (£300m) to a $1.5 billion (£1.1bn ) company.


NEC Group CEO Paul Thandi said: "These appointments bring a wealth of experience to our business during a significant period of growth as we maximise group opportunities and collaborate on regional development plans with national impact.


"Following a positive period of change, the NEC Group is in a strong position. We have a clear and well established strategy for our future growth and are making strong progress in delivering against that strategy. This injection of knowledge, which cuts across a range of sectors and specialisms including data, media and acquisitions, will help drive our success, particularly from a customer experience perspective."


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