By Andy Sambidge
Former Walt Disney, BA senior exec to join Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company
Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has appointed Pieter Idenburg as its new group CEO, the company has announced.
It said in a statement that Idenburg, a Dutch national, will take up his new role in August.
Previously, Idenburg has held senior management positions in a number of international organisations such as American Airlines, The Walt Disney Company and British Airways.
Most recently, Idenburg served as CEO of Suntec Singapore Exhibition & Convention Centre where he led the hosting of events such as The IMF/Worldbank Conference and the first ever Youth Olympic Games.
Idenburg's appointment completes the restructure of ADNEC's senior leadership team, the statement said.
Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, chairman of ADNEC, said: "Pieter's experience and industry knowledge will strengthen the organisation, and his appointment supports ADNEC's vision to be the most successful exhibition, conference and events centre in the region."
Idenburg added: "I am delighted to play a part in ADNEC's future in Abu Dhabi, the region and in the exhibition and convention industry as a whole.
"I am sure that my lifelong passion for service excellence will support ADNEC to grow the business in line with its vision and values."
ADNEC is an international venue development and management company. Its venue portfolio includes the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, London's ExCeL, and Al Ain Convention Centre.