Emerald, a B2B event company that organizes more than 140 trade shows each year, has appointed Hervé Sedky as its president and CEO. Sedky will assume the new role on Jan. 5, 2020. Emerald's interim president and CEO Brian Field will serve as chief operating officer.
Sedky joins the company with three decades of industry experience. For the past six years, he has served as president of Reed Exhibitions. In this role he oversaw more than 100 annual events in North and South America.
Sedky's career also includes 20 years as an executive at American Express, where he held the title of senior vice president and general manager of American Express Business Travel.
"I am excited to join the world-class Emerald team and can't think of a better place to reinforce what people and businesses need most: human connections," said Sedky. "If there is one thing we have learned personally and professionally from the ongoing pandemic, it is that nothing can replace the high value of the live, in-person experience. Emerald has already begun to demonstrate that face-to-face events can once again be staged safely. We will continue to enhance our customer experience with the extraordinary learning we have acquired this year and apply the kind of creativity we didn't think possible — the kind of innovation that will drive better results, better customer experience and value."