International exhibition company, dmg events has appointed Andy Stuart as the new vice president of the firm’s Design and Hospitality Division for the Middle East & Asia.

He will take over responsibility from Mike Allsopp following his retirement in September this year, and will oversee the current portfolio of marketing leading events, developing and evolving the division with expansion into new territories and sectors.

Simon Mellor, president of dmg events Middle East & Asia said: “dmg events offers real depth and opportunity for international companies seeking to connect with the ever growing and sophisticated Middle East design and hospitality sectors.

“We’re excited that Andy Stuart is joining the business in Dubai, he’s a real talent and someone we’re looking forward to collaborating with. I am confident that Andy will add real value and a new dimension to the teams in Dubai.”

During the past four years Stuart has headed UBM’s event portfolio, Design and the Built Environment, which comprised of five large scale events, five large conferences, numerous awards programs and digital platforms.

His past experiences includes numerous show launches, awards, publications, digital based communities with operational experience throughout UK and Europe, India, Russia, UAE, China and the USA.

Prior to joining UBM Stuart launched and sold his own exhibition business to UBM.

Stuart added: “With an existing stable of market leading events together with ambitious growth plans, this role presents me with a fantastic opportunity.  I am greatly looking forward to adding my experience of the sector to the considerable expertise and knowledge of the existing team to successfully take the business forward."