“I leave with a sense of excitement for the future and a sense of pride in the past,” said Barnett. “I am looking forward to reconnecting with the many colleagues that I have enjoyed the privilege of working alongside from every part of the industry, many of whom I consider to be lifelong friends. Meanwhile I thank Reed for the great opportunity and experiences that these 22 years have presented. I am now ready for a fresh challenge.”
Kerry Prince, IBTM portfolio director, commented: “Graeme has been an important part of the IBTM story and the continued success of the IBTM brand. He leaves us with our thanks and gratitude and our very best wishes”.
The news comes two weeks after Reed announced the appointment of Shane Hannam as portfolio director, effective 1 June 2018, replacing Kerry Prince, who has been promoted within Reed Exhibitions and will retain strategic oversight on the portfolio.