North America

Greg Topalian to move to new role as chairman of Clarion Events North America

Clarion Events has announced that Greg Topalian, current CEO of Clarion’s North America business, will be elevated to the role of chairman of Clarion Events North America. The new role grants him the freedom to personally explore additional non-competitive business ventures.

In his new capacity at Clarion Topalian will focus on acquisitions and business development and provide high-level strategic planning for the organiser globally, while actively supporting North America’s presidents, Liz Irving, president of Clarion Events North America, and Kelly Comboni, president of Quartz Network, Consero, and LeftField Media, who will run the day-to-day strategy and operations across the business.

In making this announcement, Lisa Hannant, Clarion’s Group CEO said: “I would like to offer my congratulations to Greg. His visionary leadership has been instrumental in guiding Clarion’s remarkable growth and has helped establish Clarion as a major player in the US market. His focus on organic growth, significant acquisitions, a commitment to a customer-first mentality and a strong focus on our people has allowed us to build a world-class business in North America. This new role not only renews Greg’s commitment to driving the future of Clarion but also grants him the freedom to personally explore additional non-competitive business ventures. We believe his duality will further enhance Greg’s contributions to Clarion.” 

Clarion Events North America now hosts some 65 events a year across 12 vertical markets and employs a team of over 450. The company has reported “exceptional growth” in recent years and was awarded the ‘Great Place to Work’ certification for the second year in a row.

Topalian added: “I am so proud of what we have accomplished as a team since 2017 and I’m excited to be able to continue to help shape the growth and evolution of Clarion in my new role. I look forward to supporting Liz and Kelly in their growth as leaders which will undoubtedly drive our company to new heights. Joining Clarion in 2016 through the acquisition of LeftField Media was a life-changing decision.” 


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