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
"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.