London – 31 January 2020 – Hugh Jones will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer of Reed Exhibitions on February 1st, succeeding Chet Burchett who is retiring and returning to Texas after five years.
Jones joined RELX in 2011 when it acquired Accuity, where he was serving as Chief Executive Officer. Most recently, he has been the Global Managing Director for Accuity, Cirium, Estates Gazette (EG) and ICIS - all part of Risk & Business Analytics, a division of RELX. He will report to RELX CEO Erik Engstrom.
Burchett, a 15-year-veteran of Reed Exhibitions, will serve as non-executive Chairman through 2020, focusing on special projects and providing transitional support to Jones.
“I’m looking forward to bringing more increasingly sophisticated data-led analytics and technology to more customers around the world,” Jones said. “Exhibitions is an exciting, entrepreneurial industry, and the fundamentals of the business are excellent. Combining the best of face-to-face connections with technology and rich data analytics will provide new value to our more than 7 million exhibitors and visitors. This ensures that their investment of time and resource in our exhibitions becomes even more valuable, efficient and relevant to their individual needs, ensuring that they grow their business.”
Burchett said, “It has been an honour to lead the team at Reed Exhibitions and a privilege to serve the company. Hugh is a proven CEO and well-recognised for an outstanding track record of driving growth. Coming from a business where the importance of data analytics and product-driven innovation is paramount, he will be a fantastic leader for the company.”
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For further information, please contact Nathalie Haxby (Reed Exhibitions Global Head of Corporate Communications). Email: Nathalie.Haxby@reedexpo.co.uk Phone number: + +44 (0)7825 735000.
About Reed Exhibitions
Reed Exhibitions is a leading global events organiser, with more than 500 events in 30 countries. In 2018, Reed Exhibitions brought together more than 7m event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed Exhibitions’ events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organised by 38 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 43 industry sectors with trade and consumer events. It is part of RELX, a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers.
RELX is a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. The Group serves customers in more than 180 countries and has offices in about 40 countries. It employs over 30,000 people, of whom almost half are in North America. The shares of RELX PLC, the parent company, are traded on the London, Amsterdam and New York Stock Exchanges using the following ticker symbols: London: REL; Amsterdam: REN; New York: RELX. The market capitalisation is approximately £39.3bn, €46.7bn, $51.5bn.