New CEO Lahav ends 57-year family affair at Kenes Group

Lahav is the third person — and the first non-family member — to take up the chief executive role for the Geneva-based group.

Ori Lahav assumes the position of CEO at Kenes Group, having first joined the company in 2013 and moving on to lead client accounts & operations.
Ori Lahav assumes the position of CEO at Kenes Group, having first joined the company in 2013 and moving on to lead client accounts & operations. Photo Credit: Kenes Group

Kenes Group, the Geneva-based professional congress organiser (PCO), has appointed Ori Lahav as CEO.

Lahav succeeds Dan Rivlin, who became CEO in 1999, following in the footsteps of his father Gideon Rivlin who founded the company in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1965.

Rivlin takes on the role of executive chair and chief vision officer (EC & CVO).

Kenes Group employs 350 people worldwide and is one of the largest PCOs in the meetings industry, catering mainly, although not exclusively, for medical and scientific associations. The company has more than 100 clients.

Lahav first joined the marketing team of Kenes in 2013. Four years later, he moved sideways to lead the client accounts & operations team.

In 2020, Lahav became president of IAPCO, the international association of professional congress organisers – leading the organisation through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Rivlin said: “Ori is a natural fit for the CEO position. I expect him to bring his character and personality to this new and demanding role. Both Ori and I see eye to eye on the most underlining issues and we plan to continue to grow the company in the same spirit.”

Lahav said: “I am honoured to count on this trust and recognition from Dan and the rest of the global team. It is an exciting time to be in our industry and I plan to make the most of it for Kenes Group.”

Source: Association Meetings International



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