GL events Group board of directors has announced new top management appointments for GL events South Africa, across the company’s three divisions: Live (event and exhibition infrastructure service solutions); Venue (management of the Johannesburg Expo Centre, or JEC, alongside the Montgomery Group which holds 40% shares of JEC); and Events (Dogan Events, organiser of the Rand Show).

The appointments are:

Craig Newman has been appointed Chief Executive Officer for GL events South Africa Group. He will oversee the Live, Venue and Events Divisions. Newman previously held the post of Chief Executive Officer of the JEC and the Rand Show.

Adele Hartdegen was appointed the Chief Executive Officer for the JEC in February 2020, and she will now take on the role as the CEO of Dogan Events in addition to this. Hartdegen was previously the Head of PR and Marketing for GL events South Africa.

Ishmael Atanasi has been appointed Chief Executive Officer for the Live Division. Atanasi was previously Head of Finance for GL events South Africa. He will be supported by Marc Bennett as the Commercial Director for the Live Division.

Bennett remains branch manager of GL events Cape Town, with the role of Commercial Director added to his portfolio. Leshem Naidoo remains the branch manager in GL events Johannesburg and Yudeshni Mahomed remains the branch manager in GL events Durban.

For the past three years, GL events South Africa was led by Maxime Rosenwald. Rosenwald is the Managing Director for Middle East and Africa. He will remain as such and oversee the two regions respectively, from the Group’s international headquarters in Lyon, France.

“We welcome the appointments and look forward to tapping into the wealth of experience they bring forward as business leaders.”

“We welcome the appointments and look forward to tapping into the wealth of experience they bring forward as business leaders who will complement the work of the existing directors to bring growth and stability within the group,” said the GL events Group announcement.