Northstar Travel Group, the largest information services, data, events and marketing solutions company focused exclusively on the travel industry, has appointed Nick Powell as its new managing director, EMEA, effective today.
Powell replaces David Chapple, who served as managing director of the group since its acquisition in 2019. Chapple is moving on to pursue other endeavors.
"Nick Powell has an extensive media background, having launched and grown exhibitions, conferences, award programs, digital and print publications, as well as other relevant digital media services throughout his career," said Bob Sullivan, Northstar's chief commercial officer and president. "Moreover, he's an exceptionally strong leader and communicator. We are all looking forward to working with Nick as we continue to build our business and portfolio in the strategically important U.K. and European markets."
Powell's career has been focused on driving commercial growth. He was a key member of the Easyfairs U.K. management team and was instrumental in growing their U.K. business from a handful of events to one of the top 20 revenue-generating event producers globally, including spearheading the launch of new events in the Asian and Middle Eastern markets.
Following his time at Easyfairs, Powell moved to the Middle East to lead the Daily Mail Group's events business in Egypt, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, working closely with the national governments to launch events which accompany their nations' strategic visions across multiple sectors.
Most recently, after relocating back to the U.K., Powell launched a brand-new division comprised of several HR events for CloserStill Media. Within a year, these launch events became market leaders in the U.K. and France and are well positioned for further global expansion.
"I'm absolutely delighted to be joining the team at Northstar. At a truly exciting time for the company, I'm looking forward to developing this dynamic business and its world-class events and multimedia brands across the EMEA region," said Powell. "Working alongside an incredibly talented team, I relish the opportunity to help shape the next stage of growth."
The U.K. and European portfolio is an essential market for company growth, said Northstar CEO Jayson Young, who took over as head of Northstar earlier this month.
"We are excited to have Nick join us as managing director and we are confident that his strong leadership, passion for culture development, people management skills and extensive media background will be an excellent fit for our Northstar U.K. business," said Young. "As we think about our long-term strategy for growth, the U.K. and EMEA regions are critical markets for our brands to serve our customers."