In addition to his responsibilities as president of Dallas-based Informa Exhibitions U.S. Construction & Real Estate Inc., Rick McConnell has been named president of Informa Canada, one of the world’s leading business intelligence, knowledge and events businesses.
“McConnell’s tradeshow career, expertise in growing businesses and strong leadership skills made him the natural choice for this dual role in managing and growing these North American teams,” said Will Morris, CEO, Informa Exhibitions. “With his outstanding track record, we believe he is the right person for the job to implement synergies and growth strategies more effectively.”
“This is an exciting time at Informa with many growth opportunities,” said McConnell. “I look forward to leading this dynamic business and our incredibly talented teams as we continue to move forward as a leading exhibitions company in North America and abroad.”
A veteran in tradeshow management, McConnell began his career at Informa when it acquired Hanley Wood Exhibitions in December 2014. Prior to Informa, he was named president of Hanley Wood Exhibitions in July 2009, where he was responsible for managing and growing the company’s exhibition activities.
McConnell began his career at Hanley Wood in 2001 as show director. Prior to Hanley Wood, McConnell held senior management positions with Miller Freeman/VNU, MAGIC International and the Dallas Market Center.
He is a long-time active member of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events and the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO). He served as the SISO chair from April 2014-2015, and frequently speaks at industry events and seminars.