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UBM Live, a show organizer working across five continents, strengthened its Routes business by making some structural changes.

These changes put Katie Bland and Nigel Mayes at the forefront of the future growth of Routes, which organizes airline and airport networking events through its regional and global Route Development Forums. Bland will become director of the Routes business, and Nigel Mayes will take on commercial and relationships director.

“I am delighted to announce promotions for two of UBM’s brightest rising stars. Katie’s and Nigel’s complementary skills, experience and knowledge will combine to form a powerful leadership team capable of steering Routes through its next exciting period of development,” said Adrian Newton, group director, transport and technology, UBM Live.

Bland has almost 20 years’ experience in the events industry having worked for a range of exhibition and media organizations. Joining Routes in 2005, Bland spent the first five years leading the sales team followed by a move into her recent role as future hosts director where she was responsible for securing future hosts for nine annual events in the Routes and Airport Cities’ portfolios.

“In his current role, Nigel has been responsible for driving the commercial success of Routes, customer engagement, airport and airline attendance and developing the conference. He has over 15 years of aviation industry experience having previously worked for Birmingham International Airport before joining ASM as an aviation consultant in 2002,” added Newton.

Other promotions and changes occurred within the organization.

Ged Brown moves into the head of future hosting position with responsibility for leading the team to deliver global host partners while Mark Gray will lead the airline relations and scheduling team as head of airline relations.

Sallyanne Collins will become head of commercial with responsibility for leading the commercial team to attract attendees from the world’s airports, tourism authorities, other stakeholders and suppliers across all Routes events.

Natasha Peck takes on further responsibility for the Airport Cities and Aerotropolis brands as head of marketing – Routes and Airport Cities. Natasha has been a driving force behind the Routes brand for the past 10 years and will now take this experience into the Airport Cities events together with other brands within the business.

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