IBTM World has announced the appointment of Claudia Hall as its new Event Director ahead of the 2023 edition of its flagship global trade show.
With over 14 years of experience in the meetings and events industry, Claudia brings a wealth of knowledge, creativity and dynamism. Taking the helm at the beginning of November, Claudia will assume responsibility for the management and final strategic planning of IBTM World, returning to the iconic Fira de Barcelona from November 28 to 30.
Claudia commented on her new role: “I’m thrilled to take the reins at IBTM World and look forward to contributing to the continued success of this esteemed international trade show, which plays a pivotal role in steering the events industry’s future towards greater strength and prosperity. I’m excited for the challenge and determined to use my insights and experience to bring innovative ideas and take IBTM World from strength to strength. I can’t wait to meet all our wonderful exhibitors, buyers and delegates and share with them in this vibrant, thriving and creative hub of possibilities.”
Claudia has a proven track record for inspiring the events world to deliver exceptional experiences, having worked as Exhibition Director for Gulf Traffic, Transpo-Tech and Middle East Energy while at Informa, an international events and digital services business. Based in Dubai, these roles saw Claudia manage, plan, and stage both large-scale international trade shows’ operational, logistical and financial aspects.
Vasyl Zhygalo, IBTM World Portfolio Director, said: “It is an absolute pleasure to welcome Claudia into our incredible team here at IBTM World. As a steadfast business events sector champion with extensive industry knowledge, I know her boundless enthusiasm, tenacity, and passion for creating unforgettable events will take the show to new heights year after year. We can’t wait for all visitors to this year’s show to have the chance to meet Claudia in just a few weeks.”
Claudia takes over as Event Director from David Thompson, who held the role for five years.