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MD Jenkins steps down from MCI after 15 years

Jennifer Jenkins is to leave leading event agency MCI UK after 15 years
20/01/2017

Pictured: Jennifer Jenkins

MCI UK managing director Jennifer Jenkins is to leave the congress organiser after 15 years.

Jenkins leaves without a new position to go to and says she is leaving “for no other reason than a couple of personal milestones have been met. I turned 50 last year having been with MCI for 15 years. And that seemed like a good time to step out.”

MCI UK is part of the global MCI Group, the world’s largest professional congress organiser and association management company with 60 offices in more than 31 countries across Europe, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, India and the Middle East.

The UK company’s most recent trading results revealed an increased turnover of 69 per cent to £9 million in 2015, and a consolidated operating profit of £69k. This result included MCI Group charges of £360k, so underlying profit before group charges would have been £429k with gross profits of £3.6m. 

Tim Bassett was a major shareholder in Status Meetings, the company he sold to MCI Group, and recruited Jennifer Jenkins.

He said: “Jennifer was a strong manager. She was responsible for leading the team at Status/MCI which managed Inside UK Enterprise – the DTI’s longest running knowledge transfer programme - before being appointed managing director. The business grew strongly under her leadership after the company was acquired by Geneva based MCI in July 2002 and new offices were added in Glasgow, Dublin and Belfast. 

“She knew that the business was only as good as its staff and devoted a lot of time to the recruitment, training and motivation of people. She will be a hard act to follow.”

MCI Group chairman Roger Tondeur said: “Jennifer has done a super job for us and I wish her well in the future. We are now interviewing for a dynamic new leader for the business to take it to the next level.”


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