Further to PSNE’s recent coverage of ongoing changes at PLASA in the wake of its merger with US trade body ESTA, the organisation has announced more details of its management restructure.
Events director Nicola Rowland left the organisation earlier in the summer, while long-serving executive director in Europe, Ruth Rossington, is due to depart at the end of the year.
In light of these developments and the wider context of a reorganisation prompted by the recent ESTA merger, PLASA has announced a new company structure to be implemented from 1 October. Chief executive officer Matthew Griffiths will continue to head up the association, while also temporarily overseeing the events divisions in the UK and North America. Finance director Shane McGreevy becomes chief operating officer (COO) with responsibilities expanding beyond finance and core services into operational administration and personnel. Lori Rubinstein, current executive director in North America and pictured here with Griffiths, becomes the new director of membership, skills, standards & technical, overseeing these core Association activities, while Jackie Tien, formerly head of publishing in North America, assumes directorial responsibility for all media, sales and marketing activities.
This new structure is a transitional phase to a longer-term strategy designed to strengthen PLASA’s role in the industry by recruiting a series of divisional heads to work under the management team to lead the future development of the five operating divisions of events, media, membership, skills, standards & technical. The first step towards this is already being taken with recruitment underway for a head of membership, a newly-created role based in the UK that will focus on building the membership base internationally and strengthening and expanding the range of services offered to members. Interviews will take place in September with the aim of having the new person in place before the end of the year.
In early 2012, PLASA will appoint a new head of events, who will have the remit of developing the Association’s international portfolio of exhibitions and conferences.
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