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Reed's Rusbridge announces retirement

Reed Exhibitions chairman to retire at end of 2015 after more than 20 years in post

Pictured: Reed Exhibitions chairman Mike Rusbridge is retiring at the end of the year

The chairman of Reed Exhibitions, Mike Rusbridge, has announced he will retire at the end of 2015 after 20 years at the helm of the company.

In his time as CEO and chairman, Rusbridge saw Reed Exhibitions (RX), grow from a £250m business to a £1b company.

He spearheaded more than 150 acquisitions and oversaw the global expansion of the business, from its initial UK and US roots. Reed now has a portfolio of more than 500 events, including the ibtm series of trade shows.

“Mike’s achievement at Reed Exhibitions has been outstanding,” said Erik Engstrom, CEO of RELX Group, which owns Reed Exhibitions.

“Over the two decades he has led the company and built the world’s largest exhibitions business, delivering consistent growth over 20 years. I wish him well for the future.”

Rusbridge joined Reed Exhibitions as its CEO Europe in 1988, before becoming Europe president in 1994.

He was appointed chairman and CEO from 1996 which he held until September 2014, when he split the role and appointed Chet Burchett as CEO.

Reed Exhibitions organises 500 events in 43 countries, across 43 industry sectors and with more than 7 million participants.

“I find the events industry as exciting and stimulating today as I first found it 36 years ago!" said Rusbridge.

"Reed Exhibitions’ achievements have been driven by a great management team and a very talented group of people. I am very proud of what we have created and leave the Company in the extremely capable hands of the CEO, Chet Burchett, who has worked for RX for the past 11 years in the Americas. 

"There is strong continuity of management and we are now realising significant advantage from behaving as one company worldwide. RX has a very exciting future as we develop a digitally enabled data driven business, creating powerful business relationships for our customers.”

Rusbridge will continue as chairman until December 2015.

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