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Paul Woodward takes over as UFI managing director

paul-woodwardPaul Woodward is now managing director of UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, following Vincent Gérard’s retirement. Woodward is well known within the UFI community as he was the UFI Asia/Pacific Regional Manager since 2004.

“Our UFI members will certainly appreciate the seamless management transition facilitated by Paul’s move from east to west,” said Manfred Wutzlhofer, president of UFI. “Heading up the UFI headquarters team in Paris, Paul will ensure that we pursue our programs and services, and continue to successfully support the business objectives of our members and the exhibition industry worldwide.”

Woodward is also the founder and Chairman of Business Strategies Group Limited (BSG), a business intelligence and strategy consulting firm which specializes in business media, information and events in Asia.

Woodward was based in Hong Kong and involved in the development of business media and events in the Asia Pacific region since 1985. He has conducted over 500 business intelligence and strategy consulting projects since 1990.

Prior to founding BSG in 2000, he was Managing Director of Asian Strategies Ltd., the research and strategy consulting division of Miller Freeman Asia and a director of Miller Freeman Asia, now UBM Asia. There he was responsible for regional strategy development, corporate communications and businesses around the Asia-Pacific region.

“I am delighted and honored to be stepping into this exciting position,” said Woodward. “I am really looking forward to having the opportunity to work closely with our members in 83 countries, helping them add value to their businesses and our industry through UFI’s wide range of activities and services. I am deeply grateful to Vincent Gérard for the incredible job he has done over the last nine years leading the UFI team which gives us a very strong platform on which to develop new products and resources for our members”.

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