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Emerald Expositions appoints Sally Shankland as new CEO and president

Published May 13, 2019

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Emerald Expositions has appointed Sally Shankland to the position of president and CEO. Shankland, who assume her new role on June 1, will replace Phil Evans, who has served as Emerald's interim president and CEO since David Loechner resigned as president and CEO in November. Evans will continue to serve as the company's Chief Financial Officer.


Shankland brings over 35 years of experience including more than 20 years with UBM, now part of Informa plc, a UK-based multinational events, academic publishing and business intelligence business. Her most recent position at UBM was CEO of the Americas. She is currently a principal and founder of Astra Terra, a strategic advisory and consulting firm. 

"I recently joined the Emerald board as a non-executive director and quickly realized that I could apply my leadership principles, experience and skills to improve the company's financial performance and growth prospects," said Shankland. "Emerald owns some great assets that are extremely relevant in their markets and, I believe, have significant opportunity available to them. I'm very excited about the opportunity to lead the business."

Emerald, which owns the Outdoor Retailer and Interbike shows, currently operates more than 55 trade shows, as well as numerous other events.

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