Arena Group merger of UK and EMEA sees UK CEO depart

Arena Group has confirmed that is has merged its UK and Europe and Middle East and Asia divisions. It will now operate as Arena Group EMEA. 

The company, which provides temporary structures, says the merger will result in a more ‘joined-up’ approach to innovation and make better use of its existing expertise.

However, Chris Morris, CEO of the UK and Europe division, and Andrew Lawson, the Head of the UK Structures and Ice business, will both be departing.

Both Morris and Lawson will work with the new head of the EMEA, Paul Berger and Tom Evans, the new head of Structures and Ice, EMEA, on the transition.  

Arena EMEA says its new structure is designed to leverage from one central pool of kit and personnel that will be run by a consolidated EMEA management team. It will allow for are more efficient use of resources across the EMEA region.

Arena Group CEO, Greg Lawless, said he believes the formation of one EMEA Division will create a stronger business, both commercially and financially. He said: “This move will allow us to offer a more efficient and innovative turnkey service to our clients which is even more important in these difficult times for the global events market.

“Under this new structure, we will continue to develop the Arena Standard into a highly creative, design led model offering temporary architecture with a permanent feel to the marketplace.

“This will allow us to focus on what I believe we do better than anyone else – the delivery of exceptional temporary solutions that will continue to exceed our clients’ expectations.

“Finally, I would like to personally thank Chris and Andrew for their tremendous contribution and commitment to Arena UK & Europe Division over the past 18 months, and we wish them well as they move to the next stage of their careers.”

Paul Berger, the current CEO of Arena Middle East and Asia, and who has been appointed CEO of Arena EMEA, will be responsible for overseeing the merger of the two businesses as well as implementing his vision for Arena’s future.

He noted: “This merger brings together the most talented people in the event services industry, creating a platform to cement and grow our business with existing clients, as well as taking advantage of the new opportunities that will present themselves during these difficult times.”

Pictured: An Arena Group temporary structure housing corporate hospitality