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Laura Brown joins board at Ashfield Meetings & Events

US-based Laura Brown appointed to agency's board of directors as senior vice president of operations

Pictured: Nicola Burns and Laura Brown

Ashfield Meetings & Events has appointed Laura Brown to its board of directors as senior vice president of operations. 

Brown has more than 15 years’ event experience, including seven years working with pharmaceutical and life science clients at Ashfield Meetings & Events. 

Brown's appointment follows her move from her role as an account director at the agency’s European hub in the UK to its US hub in Pennsylvania as vice president of operations in February 2015.

The full Ashfield Meetings & Events board is now Nicola Burns, global MD; Gavin Houston, CEO Americas; Penny Callaghan, director of group business services; Jo Brook, engagement director; and Laura Brown, senior vice president of operations.

Brown said: “With a number of new staff appointments over the past year and numerous new business wins I am thrilled to take on the responsibility of SVP operations at such an exciting time. I have been working very closely with Gavin Houston for the past 12 months with a focus on leading sustainable growth to our US operations. I am looking forward to this continuing and working alongside the rest of the board to ensure we deliver against the strategic and operational plans for the global business.”

Since her move from the UK Laura has had responsibility for the performance of Ashfield’s operational business units in Ivyland in Pennsylvania, Indianapolis in Indiana and San Bruno in California. In this time the business has grown from 80 to 120 full-time employees.

Nicola Burns, global MD, said: “We are delighted to be making this appointment. Laura has been working closely with the management team to develop our US business to a market leading position and prepare us for the next stage of our predicted growth. 

“Laura’s remit will be to continue to expand and enhance the services we offer and oversee the delivery throughout the US. With her full service background and creative and production knowledge we have already seen a growing frequency of the agency’s US client base to utilise our engagement services.”

Burns added that the appointment of a second board director in the US is an indication of the firm’s strategic intent in the marketplace and that she was looking forward to seeing the continued growth of the business under Brown and Houston’s leadership. The appointment will take effect from 1 October.

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