Global exhibition organiser Informa Markets has appointed Michael Duck as executive vice president of commercial development.
A newly created role, Duck will be the main point of contact to
manage the global Informa Markets' businesses — which covers more than
30 international markets. The brand's direction is geared towards a
pipeline of growth in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and beyond.
Duck will also be supporting the wider Informa Group divisions,
including Pharma Intelligence and Academic Publishing, with commercial
activity in Asia.
The veteran brings along 30 years of experience, particularly in the
spheres of Europe, Oceania and Asia, as well as expanding events into
Middle East and Africa. He founded and chaired the Asia, Middle East and
Africa and Sustainability chapters for events industry body UFI, and
later spent a decade overseeing the cruise and beauty segments in the
United States. Duck is also a member of the Hong Kong Exhibition and
Convention Industry Association.
Of today's business climate, Duck said: “Informa has evolved into a
digital business with strong physical assets — and this is something our
customers are excited about exploring. Our products help our customers
to grow their businesses. We are ready to forge new relationships in
both our existing markets and through expanding into new geographies and
Informa Markets CEO, Charlie McCurdy has "every confidence" in Duck's appointment.
“Michael has been instrumental in building up the company’s presence
across the globe and he holds important relationships with industry
partners, government bodies and venue partners. I have every confidence
that he is uniquely positioned to act as our global point of contact for
The Informa Markets business spreads across more than 450 brands,
including fairs such as Furniture China, CBME Shanghai, and Hotelex