IBTM appoints new director, one week before flagship event

Claude Blanc takes the helm as Shane Hannam departs.

Claude Blanc Portfolio Director IBTM and WTM
Blanc steps into a dual-position as portfolio director of both IBTM Events and World Travel Market. Photo Credit: IBTM Events

Reed Travel Exhibitions has announced that Claude Blanc will be taking over as portfolio director of IBTM Events, following the departure of incumbent Shane Hannam, after nearly three years in the role.

"While I’m sad to be leaving Reed Exhibitions, it’s been a great experience, both professionally and personally, and I’m incredibly proud of what the IBTM team has achieved. I’m excited about the new opportunities ahead of me and wish the team, our customers and partners the very best on their path to recovery post pandemic," said Hannam.

The news comes right before the launch of the brand's flagship event: IBTM World 2020, taking place virtually from 8-10 December.

Claude has spent over 25 years in the travel industry, with extensive experience in both the leisure and business events sectors. He will toggle the new IBTM Events portfolio director duties — reaching out to exhibitors, hosted buyers and partners — while also continuing his existing role as portfolio director for World Travel Market.

"While the past few months have been incredibly challenging and a huge test of our industry, once again we have proved just how adaptable, resilient and creative we are. I’m really looking forward to continuing to support the IBTM global community on the road to recovery and beyond. I’d especially like to personally thank Shane for the exceptional job he has done leading the IBTM team and wish him all the very best with his future plans," said Blanc.