Home > Sub-Saharan Africa
May 15, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa: Craig Newman Elected as UFI President for 2019

In partnership with:

Photo by Tom Merton/OJO Images/Getty Images

The Johannesburg Expo Centre (JEC) is proud to announce that Craig Newman, Chief Executive Officer, has been elected as the President of UFI for 2019. 

The decision was made by the UFI Board of Directors at a board meeting during the UFI European Conference in Cologne, Germany, and will become effective at the conclusion of the 84th UFI Global Congress, which takes place in November this year. 

“I am delighted to welcome Craig Newman to his new role as the incoming President of the UFI leadership team,” says Dr Andreas Gruchow, current UFI President. “He has not only been an active member of UFI, but he has been a leader in the exhibitions and events industry for over 20 years.”

In 2014, Newman was elected onto the UFI Board of Directors as well as the UFI Executive Committee. “Mr Newman has brought meaningful insight and value to the association during his time on the Executive Committee,” says Gruchow. “He has also made an incredible contribution from his position as the Vice Chair of the UFI Middle East Africa Chapter.”

As UFI President for 2019, Newman will work closely with the incumbent President, Corrado Peraboni and outgoing President, Andreas Gruchow, to make up the Presidential Trio. His duties will include managing UFI at the highest level and helping UFI to continue on its path of global development.

Newman convinced Gruchow of his commitment to UFI and his tenacity as a leader during the Johannesburg Expo Centre’s application to host the 84th UFI Global Congress in Johannesburg

“I am certain that Mr Newman will do his utmost to make the Congress a success for all parties,” says Gruchow. “He is a man of action and I am convinced that with his positive personality, open mind, charming character, forward-thinking and can-do attitude, Mr Newman will help expand Africa's footprint in the global exhibitions industry and further UFI’s global growth and development.”

“I wish to express my sincere appreciation to the members of the association for their confidence in me to serve as the President of UFI for 2019,” says Newman. “As the first African President for UFI, it is an honour to be chosen to represent this outstanding association and I look forward to meeting this challenge head-on,” he concludes. 

What do you think of this $type?

About the Author: The Event

The Event





   IT&CM China  Caribbean Meeting Incentive Travel Exchange      Gulf Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition EIBTM IBTM IMEX America  IT&CMA IT&CM China IT&CM India Conventa BTC convene  cventMBTMMA 2013 COCAL 

GLOBAL AGENCY PARTNERS                                                                                           OFFICIAL TRADE SHOW PARTNER FOR THE UK MEETINGS MARKET 

MCI Ovation Euromic