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Hugh Jones named CEO at Reed Exhibitions

Hugh Jones is the new CEO of global events organiser, Reed Exhibitions, succeeding Chet Burchett who recently retired.

Jones joined RELX in 2011 when it acquired Accuity, where he was serving as CEO. Most recently, he was the global managing director for Accuity, Cirium, Estates Gazette (EG) and ICIS — all part of Risk & Business Analytics, a division of RELX.

In this new role, he will report to RELX CEO Erik Engstrom.

With his background in data and technology solutions, Jones expressed that he was keen to introduce sophisticated data-led analytics and technology to more customers around the world.

He said: “Exhibitions is an exciting, entrepreneurial industry, and the fundamentals of the business are excellent. Combining the best of face-to-face connections with technology and rich data analytics will provide new value to our more than seven million exhibitors and visitors. This ensures that their investment of time and resource in our exhibitions becomes even more valuable, efficient and relevant to their individual needs, ensuring that they grow their business.”

Burchett, who felt privileged to serve the company, said: “Hugh is a proven CEO and well-recognised for an outstanding track record of driving growth. Coming from a business where the importance of data analytics and product-driven innovation is paramount, he will be a fantastic leader for the company.”

Burchett, a 15-year-veteran of Reed Exhibitions, will serve as non-executive chairman through 2020, focusing on special projects and providing transitional support to Jones.