The newly-combined Opex Group and Early Action Group has announced two significant staff changes.
Former Opex deputy chairman Neil Jackson is standing down from June on extended leave following completion of the merger process. He is joining the crew of a round the world yacht race and not expected to return until 2012.
Opex/EAG has also appointed Nick Caplan as non-executive chairman. He was most recently group chief marketing officer at £3.5bn technology services company Logica and responsible for mergers and acquisitions and business development. Caplan is also chairman of IT outsourcer Managed Networks, a non-executive for banking software company FinLogix, and runs a business providing services to private equity and venture funds.
Group chief executive Steve Barratt said Caplan’s strategic corporate experience will be a cornerstone for driving new business growth.
“Nick brings both strategic and unique business focus to our plans to transform the industry and give UK exhibitors, organisers and venues the most complete coverage, service and communications experience possible,” he said.
Caplan said the growth of personal communications and change in the way people interact are also transforming the contractors market.
“The [merged] company will position itself beyond what are traditionally perceived as contracting services with a greater focus on developing propositions based on the way customers will partner with its services in the future,” Caplan claimed.
Barratt confirmed work was underway on the company’s new branding but said it may not be ready in time to announce at Confex, which takes place from 1 to 3 March.
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