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Ex-UFI chief operating officer to join jwc as senior consultant

by Paul Colston

Sonia Thomas (pictured), ex-chief operations officer of UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, is to join specialist consultancy jwc GmbH as senior consultant.

Thomas, who has been part of the UFI team since 2006, will join the consultancy led by UFI past president Jochen Witt, from 1 May 2021.

jwc has offices in Cologne, Germany, Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China.

Jochen Witt comments: “We are extremely happy to welcome Sonia as our new team member. It is of highest importance for our organisation to work with people who have the right fit in personality, professionalism and industry know-how. Sonia brings all of this and much more to our team.”

Thomas adds: “I had the pleasure of working closely with Jochen when he was UFI president in 2007: We share the same values and work ethic. I have also had the pleasure of working with Gerd Weber and Jimé Essink, the other two members of the jwc Board. I am delighted to remain part of this great industry – the exhibition industry – and will use my know-how and extended experience for the benefit of our jwc clients. Our industry is on the eve of recovery, and there is much to do to assist our clients as they embark on the road to a new form of normality.”

Thomas is certified in executive coaching and holds honours degree in hospitality management. She is also a part-time teacher at the Dauphine University in Paris, and a team coach for the Master’s in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the HEC Business School in Paris.

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