International Confex portfolio director Jonny Sullens is to
leave UBM Live to head up events at Future Publishing.
Sullens, who has been with UBM for five years, will see out
the Leisure Industry Week exhibition next month, before embarking on his new role with
Future at the beginning of October.
Sullens said he has had some "great moments" at UBM but is now looking forward to his next opportunity in the events industry and to building up Future's events portfolio.
“From my time at UBM - particularly looking at Confex - I am really proud of some of the work we have done on the loyalty programme from last year and we have been looking at using it for other events. I am also really pleased with how the move to ExCeL went this year.
“With the role at Future I now have the opportunity to look at what other events we can look to build up - whether it be forums, conferences or exhibitions - and it’s really exciting.”
In his new role he will spearhead events and awards
around Future’s specialist audiences in sectors including technology, digital
creative media, cycling, crafts and video games.
Sullens joined UBM following the acquisition of Itacha Media
in 2007 where he was working as show director. UBM Live is expected to announce Sullens’ replacement in the
next few weeks.
Managing director at UBM London,Simon Parker said: “We
can’t thank Jonny enough for the massive contribution he has made to his show
products. Over the past five years he has had a dramatic influence in securing
the long-term future of the shows and given us a strong platform for further
“Leisure Industry Week remains a flagship show for UBM Live
and one that continues to enjoy phenomenal success in its industry. Meanwhile,
International Confex continues to be both the market leading exhibition in the
meetings and events industry and one of its most powerful brands.”
Pictured: Jonny Sullens