ADNEC Group has announced the appointment of Darren Johnson (pictured) as the new CEO of Capital Events, a subsidiary of ADNEC Group and regional event organiser.
This appointment comes in line with ADNEC Group’s strategy of organising and attracting major new events to the UAE, hosted in Abu Dhabi.
Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, managing director and Group CEO of ADNEC Group, said: “With his wealth of experience and unique skills, I am confident that Darren will make a valuable contribution to the success to Capital Events. We look forward to continuing the company’s journey of success, which ensures offering its clients world-class services, in accordance with the highest international standards.”
Johnson said he was “thrilled” to take on the new challenge. “I look forward to developing the company’s portfolio of high-profile events and exhibitions, while providing our exhibitors and stakeholders with best in class events capabilities.”
Johnson brings extensive experience and expertise in the events industry. Prior to joining ADNEC Group, he held the positions of CEO and divisional managing director at Reed Exhibitions. He has also served on the Board of several major companies and industry forums.
Capital Events organises major events locally and internationally, including eight international shows organised by the group: the International Defence Exhibition & Conference (IDEX), the Naval Defence & Maritime Security Exhibition (NAVDEX), the Unmanned Systems Exhibition & Conference (UMEX), the Simulation and Training Exhibition (SIMTEX), the International Exhibition of National Security and Resilience (ISNR), the Global Media Congress, the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show (ADIBS), and Abu Dhabi International Food Exhibition (ADIFE).