Marco Forgione, IVCA CEO

The result of the ballots for the creation of a new association were as follows:

Eventia – Yes 94%, No 6%

IVCA – Yes 93%, No 7%

Simon Hughes, Eventia chairman said; “This is the conclusion of a long journey for Eventia, that actually started when Mark Saxby was in my post and Izanie Downie was still our CEO. They responded to the concerns raised by event industry leaders about the fragmented nature of the sector and the need to embrace new and emerging digital platforms that would radically alter the way we work across the events world.

“This positive endorsement of a new association puts us in a much stronger position as an integral part of the creative communications sector. I’m delighted that our members have supported this, as it demonstrates once again their appetite for progress and willingness to embrace the challenge of change”.

Marco Forgione, CEO of IVCA added: “This is a really exciting moment for both our associations and both our management teams are really looking forward to blending our talents to further improve the range and quality of the services that we offer to our members.”

At the AGM the IVCA elected Steve Garvey from Stream UK as chairman. The following were also newly elected onto the board:

Sharon Bennett – CTN

Steve Garratt – The Giggle Group

Barnaby Logan – MerchantCantos

Richard McHardy – Freelance

Carrie Rose – BDA

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