Aventri, a leading meeting and event technology software provider, announces that Jim Sharpe (pictured above) has been appointed CEO and Oni Chukwu has been promoted to executive chairman after leading the company as CEO for the past six years, during which he oversaw accelerated revenue growth, product maturation and global expansion.
“It’s been one of the great honors of my career to have had the opportunity to lead this company and this wonderful team at such a pivotal time,” says Chukwu. “I am proud of what we’ve accomplished and humbled by the dedication and passion that Aventrians bring to it every day.”
“Under Oni’s leadership Aventri has grown into a formidable organization, providing market-leading solutions to its nearly 2000 customers worldwide,” says Rich Lawson, chairman of the board of directors. “We’re delighted to have him remain on the board to continue helping to chart the future of the company. We’re also very excited to welcome Jim Sharpe to lead Aventri’s best-in-class executive team and continue to grow Aventri’s footprint in the global meeting and event technology space.”
Sharpe brings extensive executive experience in high-growth technology-enabled businesses. Prior to joining Aventri, Sharpe spent six years as GM and managing director at Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG), the leading platform for connecting top professionals for sharing expertise. He managed the firm’s largest and most profitable business unit, Financial Services, greatly expanding the user base toward revenue north of $200 million. Prior to GLG, Sharpe was CEO of Standard Purification, a PE-backed manufacturing business where he led the growth, expansion and successful exit to a strategic buyer.
“I am thrilled to be joining Aventri at such an exciting time in the company’s history,” says Sharpe. “We are now well positioned to take advantage of our market leadership to significantly scale the business. I look forward to working with the Aventri team, and especially our customers, to continue to innovate and deliver the best solution and experience in the industry.”
Aventri is a global leader in data-driven, end-to-end event and meeting management solutions. Their award-winning SaaS platform and best-in-class service offerings have enabled more than 40,000 event professionals to plan, promote, deliver, measure and optimize 90,000+ events annually. Aventri’s fully integrated platform’s capabilities include venue sourcing, registration, marketing, logistics, onsite services, attendee engagement and data analytics. Headquartered in the U.S., the company has offices in the U.K., Europe, and Asia Pacific and has delivered customer events in more than 120 countries. Aventri is a portfolio company of private equity firm HGGC. For more info, visit aventri.com.