Simon Mills joined ExCeL London in the role of executive director, with commercial responsibility for exhibitions, media and food and beverage, on July 2.
Mills has spent the past 17 years at UBM. His most recent role was group director of the brand, design and protection portfolio, overseeing a portfolio of 17 products. During that time, he has moved and run several market leading events to ExCeL, including the Protection & Management Series (IFSEC, Facilities Show, SHE and Firex) and Black Hat.
Jeremy Rees, acting CEO, ExCeL London, says: “I am delighted that Simon is joining ExCeL. Having worked with him over a number of years, I know he will be a fantastic addition to our team. His extensive industry experience and insight will help us to attract more world leading events to London and ExCeL. He will also play a key role in helping us to deliver our vision for guest experience, with a particular focus on food and media. I look forward to welcoming Simon to the team and wish him every success in his new role.”
Mills says, “I am thrilled to be joining the team at ExCeL. With the venue’s track record for delivering globally recognized, successful events, it’s an incredibly exciting time to be joining the team. Having run several market leading events at ExCeL myself, I am looking forward to bringing my organizer knowledge to help further cement that key relationship between organizer and venue.”
ExCeL London is the capital’s international convention and exhibition centre, located in London’s Royal Docks. Since opening in November 2000, ExCeL London has hosted over 4,000 events including trade and consumer exhibitions, conferences, association meetings, product launches, AGMs, gala dinners, award ceremonies, sporting events and religious festivals. More than twenty million people from over 200 different countries have visited ExCeL London. ExCeL London was acquired by ADNEC, the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company in 2008. For more info, visit www.excel.london