The UFI Board of Directors has elected Hugh Jones, CEO of RX, as UFI’s president for the 2024-25 period.
The UFI Presidential Trio for the November 2023 – November 2024 term will be:
· Geoff Dickinson (CEO, dmg events), president
· Hugh Jones (CEO, RX), incoming president
· Michael Duck (EVP – commercial development, Informa Markets), outgoing president
This decision will come into effect at the conclusion of the 90th UFI
Global Congress, taking place this 1-4 November 2023, in Las Vegas.
Hugh Jones will become UFI president at the 91st UFI Global Congress in
Cologne, Germany, in November 2024.
Michael Duck, UFI’s current president, said: “Hugh Jones brings with
him a wonderful perspective on our business on a global scale. He has
excellent feel as to market sentiment and I am 100% sure he will bring
many new ideas especially in digital in the years to come. RX is one of
the world’s most important exhibition companies. Having Hugh in the UFI
presidential trio and as president of UFI as from November 2024 will
bring added experience to UFI’s work and guidance.”
Hugh Jones joined RELX, RX’s mother company, in 2011, following the
purchase of Accuity where he was CEO. In addition to leading Accuity, he
has also led Fircosoft, NRS, I.C.I.S, Estates Gazette (EG) and Cirium;
and before joining RX he was global managing director within the Risk
and Business Analytics Division. Hugh’s experience has seen him lead
large-scale acquisitions and subsequent integrations of many companies
that now reside and prosper within the RELX portfolio. Hugh joined RX as
CEO at the start of 2020.
Jones said: “I am delighted and honoured to be joining the UFI
Presidential Trio team this November. It’s a really exciting time for
the exhibitions industry, with so much innovation in all corners of the
world and UFI has a front row seat to it all. I can’t wait to get
started and to support the team as we make the magic happen.”
UFI is a global association for the exhibition industry, directly
representing more than 50,000 exhibition industry professionals in
almost 90 countries around the world.