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Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre confirms new venue director

by Martin Fullard

Carlo Zoccali has been confirmed as the new venue director at Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre.

Zoccali has taken over from Michael Watton, who announced his early retirement in February.

Zoccali joined Farnborough International as head of sales for the venue in 2016 following a successful tenure at Arsenal Football Club where he led sales and event operations at the Emirates Stadium.

Having been elected president of the International Live Events Association (ILEA) in 2017 until 2018, Zoccali has a fantastic network and a highly informed understanding of the industry.

Gareth Rogers, CEO of Farnborough International said Zoccali’s experience and creativity made him a sensible choice to fill the role. “Carlo’s energy and creativity have served as incredibly valuable qualities as we sought to establish the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre as a leading venue that delivers best-in-class experiences,” said Rogers.

“Throughout the past year, he has shown tremendous leadership and tenacity, and we know he will do a great job in steering a very talented team through the ongoing challenges, seizing opportunities where possible.”

Zoccali said that he was determined to play a major role in the recovery of the events industry after what has been a devastating 12 months. He also paid tribute to his predecessor: “I am delighted to take up this position and wish to thank Michael Watton for his leadership; he leaves a tremendous legacy and I look forward to building on everything that has been achieved so far, supported by a brilliant team of dedicated and creative #eventprofs,” he said.

“I’m particularly proud that, having spent time growing up in this area and now living locally, I have secured this role at an absolutely world-class venue.

“Our industry has endured a devastating time; however, I am determined to be part of the recovery; the power of face to face cannot be underestimated and I look forward to once again being part of exciting, impactful events.”

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