Operating internationally, UBM Live operates a number of market leading exhibitions, awards, websites/online products and publications in twenty different business sectors.
Our brands include CPhI, IFSEC, Food Ingredients. Cruise Shipping Miami, Technology for Marketing and Advertising, International Confex, Informex and many more.
With offices in the UK, Netherlands, USA, UAE and Brazil, UBM Live has successfully geo-cloned its leading CPhI, Food Ingredients, TFM&A and IFSEC brands into territories such as China, Japan, Asia, Eastern Europe, South America and Africa.
As well as building relationships with our customers, we help wider communities through our corporate responsibility programme.
UBM Live is part of UBM Ltd, a leading global media company listed on the London Stock Exchange, which in 2009 generated revenues of £847m, with profits of £171.2m.
Simon Foster - CEO
As CEO of UBM Live, Simon Foster is responsible for the exhibitions and events that run outside the UK, as well as UBM offices and exhibition businesses in North and South America, Europe, and the Middle East. This includes offices in Sao Paulo, New York and New Jersey, Amsterdam and Abu Dhabi and the global network of the world leading trade show brands including CPhI and Food Ingredients Informex, Cruise Shipping, Intermodal and Health and Beauty. The business has events that run in all parts of the globe, including China, North America, Brazil, Africa and Europe.
UBM Live also includes publications, awards and conferences and on-line developments, and Simon has responsibility for the European Awards business and UBM Conferences. Simon was appointed Managing Director and to the Board in March 2006 and is based in Holland. He became CEO of International Media in July 2008, which merged with UBM Live in July 2010.
Simon has previously been the Managing Director of International Media and General Manager and Group Director of the Ingredients Division, which he took over in September 2003. Prior to that, he managed many of CMPi's leading magazines and events including IFSEC, the International Security Show; the fire safety shows; the Association of Chief Police Officers conference; and the National Franchise Exhibition.
A qualified and registered marketer, Simon has been with various parts of the business since 1998, and has held many positions from Marketing Manager to Group Director. He joined from a partner organisation of CMP, after a broad ranging career in marketing, sales and PR.
Simon now lives just outside Amsterdam where he has been based for the last 6 years.
Richard Kerr - Chief Financial Officer
Richard has been Chief Financial Officer of UBM Live since January 2011. He joined UBM Live from UBM's sister division UBM Aviation where he had been Chief Financial Officer as well as Senior Vice President for Events & Publications, responsible for all the trade shows, conferences and magazines in the division.
Richard joined UBM in 2004 and was Head of Group Development from 2004 to 2008. In this role he was responsible for managing more than 60 acquisitions across the globe a majority of which were in the event space. He also was responsible for a series of disposals UBM made of non-core assets including NOP, the market research firm, and television assets including SDN and Five.
Before UBM, Richard worked in investment banking at Lehman Brothers and Flemings and at Prebon Group in a senior Business Development role. Between 2007 and 2008, Richard was a non-executive director of ITN.
Richard lives in London with his wife and 3 children.
Sanjeev Khaira - Managing Director, Market Development EMEA
Sanjeev joined the UBM Live Board in January 2013 and is responsible for developing UBM Live’s business in the emerging markets of EMEA, which includes the existing UBM Live businesses in Turkey. He joined from UBM Asia where he was Managing Director of UBM India for four years. Based out Mumbai he was responsible for a large portfolio of exhibitions, conference magazines and websites. Prior to that he led UBM’s Interiors and Property publishing portfolios based out of London, during this time he led the team to numerous national awards.
Prior to UBM, Sanjeev worked in various sales and marketing roles within large and small publishing companies. He has a degree in architecture and studied post graduate marketing.
Sanjeev now lives in Buckinghamshire with his wife and three children.
Simon Parker - Managing Director UBM London
Having worked in the exhibition industry for 20 years, Simon began his career selling ad space on Outdoor Action at Haymarket Publishing. He worked at Montgomery Exhibitions on food, sport and building shows before joining Blenheim just before it was acquired by Miller Freeman. He has now worked at UBM for 14 years starting as a sales manager on Subcon and is now Group Director of Venues, Protection and Leisure.
Simon and the team have launched several events including the Facilities Show and IFSEC India, acquired and integrated many businesses as well as developed digital products in a number of markets. He is currently involved in the international expansion of his products as well as exploring new launches and acquisitions.
Nik Rudge - Managing Director, UBM Live Amsterdam & Abu Dhabi
Nik is Managing Director for UBM Live's Dutch based business, including the market leading Ingredients Division of global trade shows, digital media and vertical conferences for the food & pharma ingredients sectors, as well as UBM Middle East, delivering over 6000 exhibitors and more than 150,000 attendees. Nik is also responsible for driving the "Sales Excellence" board initiative focussing on delivering a best in class sales culture within UBM Live. Within Nik's portfolio are the world renowned series of CPhI and Fi brands and their associated titles, as well as UBM's only business to consumer festivals, Barbican Turbo and Adrenaline Sports Live presented by RANI.
Nik joined the company in September 2007 from Reed Exhibitions UK, where he was responsible for their global energy & marine portfolio including one of the UK's top 10 events and where he launched events into Russia and India and was twice winner of the Rx UK Innovation award.
A Fellow of the Institute of Sales & Marketing Management, Nik utilises over 15 years' international sales and marketing expertise and has proven results at building and nurturing effective global teams and leading media related activities with an emphasis on customer focus and building client value.
Nik lives outside Amsterdam with his wife and 3 daughters.
John Stuttard - Senior Vice President UBM Live New York
John Stuttard joined UBM in July 2007 as Vice President / Group Director for the International Media (now UBM Live) division in the USA. He also has M&A responsibility for the UBM Live Division in the USA.
John has 14 years media experience, having worked as Group Director for Reed Exhibitions both in the UK and the USA. He ran businesses in a variety of markets, providing trade shows, publications, online and conferencing. He has worked extensively in India, China and South America establishing new business and launching brands into new geographic regions.
John has also worked for Advanstar as European Director of IT/Telecoms media portfolio.
Prior to his media experience he worked in the Food industry for Nestlé and the textile industry for Courtaulds plc. He has a degree in English Literature from London University, and the IMM from Cranfield University.
Gnosoulla Tsioupra-Lewis - Senior Vice President, People & Culture
Gnosoulla Tsioupra-Lewis joined UBM Live as VP, People & Culture in January 2011 and works closely with the other members of the UBM Live Board and the HR team to implement the People & Culture strategy for UBM Live, and to ensure that the strategy reflects the diverse footprint of UBM Live’s business operations and geographies.
Soulla joined UBM in January 1999 as Group Employment Lawyer, advising on employment law issues and strategy across the Group. In addition, Soulla has been responsible for promoting diversity and values across UBM, has helped run the UBM Business Leaders’ Programme and worked on corporate social responsibility issues. Soulla studied Russian and Law at university. She trained with city firm Baker & McKenzie, and qualified as a solicitor in 1994, joining Baker & McKenzie’s Employment Department as an Associate.
John Welsh - Group Director, Digital and Content
John works with fellow board members to identify strategies to deliver our business goals.
He has a track record of building businesses through bringing about change gained in over 20 years working in B2B media, with 14 years as an editor of three different magazines and papers, the associate publisher/publisher and now digital director of UBM Live.
He has relaunched magazines, developed new revenues, revived websites and created one of the UK's first Web 2.0 B2B sites with user generated content and social networking. He won PPA editor of the year (2005) and CMPi's publisher of the year (2007),
Beside sitting on UBM Live's executive board, he has and continues to sit on many high level committees including the PPA and AOP boards, the AOP B2B committee. He is also a trustee of one of UBM's pensions and a member of UBM's Corporate Responsibility steering group.
He has written books, done regular TV and radio broadcast work plus public speaking at conferences and several lectures, both on subjects as diverse as architecture, commercial property, travel and media.
Nina Wright - Managing Director UBM Live Built Environment
Nina Wright is Managing Director for UBM Live’s Built Environment business. The portfolio is a specialist events, data and media solutions business focussed on the construction, property, architecture and interiors communities worldwide. It includes shows such as Ecobuild, Interiors UK, Decorex and RESI, a media portfolio comprising of Building, Building Design and Property Week.
Nina has over 19 years experience in the UK business to business market. Starting her career in sales, Nina progressed through the ranks of the commercial operation rising to Publishing Director in 2006. Nina has a long track record of establishing and developing new businesses, positioning the publishing business for the digital age, most recently these include launching UK and international events and founding client solutions. She has been at the forefront of UBM’s online and hybrid events progression, and in particular on the role of content in the event experience.
Prior to her media experience, Nina read a Criminal Psychology degree in Liverpool, and joined the media/exhibition world following a stint of travelling and having taken the decision to leave her post studying for a PhD working in a juvenile offender’s prison.
Nina lives in Walton on Thames, Surrey, with her husband and two children. She says, as with most working mums, she is an expert multi-tasker and juggler!
Joris van Wijk - Managing Director UBM Brazil
Joris van Wijk is responsible for UBM´s exhibition business in South America. Joris is based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from where he manages a team which organizes events in Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires for the transport, food, pharmaceutical and fine chemical markets. UBM Brazil has an aggressive plan to grow the business through acquisitions and partnerships with other UBM divisions.
Joris started working with UBM in 1989 as a market research manager for Miller Freeman Singapore. He worked at a number of management positions for Miller Freeman in Holland before he took over the overall management of the food ingredients portfolio in 1994. Joris moved to Sao Paulo in 1995 to establish the Latin American Miller Freeman business. In 2000 this company was acquired by VNU and in 2006 Joris went back to work for UBM as Managing Director UBM Brazil to re-establish their exhibition business in South America.
Howard Zonder - Senior Vice President of Marketing and Audience Development
Howard is responsible for driving the market positioning, growth and audience development of UBM Live's portfolio of exhibitions, conferences, online properties and awards across the world. A 20-year veteran in technology marketing, Howard has launched and grown businesses for leading companies such as Lucent Technologies, Avaya, Telcordia Technologies and Level 3 Communications. He has been featured in industry trade journals such as Phone+, Wireless Week and RCR Wireless news.
Howard served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps and has lived and/or worked in Asia, Europe and Latin America. He holds a BA in East Asian Studies and Chinese language from Vanderbilt University and an International MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Howard currently serves on the Board of the Communications Technology Professionals organization.