Carine Preterre is to take over from Jean-Claude Madier, as Managing Director of Life Leisure & Experience (LLE) division of global events organiser Comexposium. Madier will retire in July 2019.
Preterre will make the move from her role as Event Director of Comexposium’s Foire de Paris.
Madier joined Comexposium in July 1993, as part of the acquisition of SalonsCE, a business of Work Council focused events that he founded and ran.
Today, the LLE division includes events in tourism, Salon du Tourisme, real estate and buildings, Salons de l’Immobilier and Copropriété, and education fairs, L’Étudiant. It also includes significant grand public events, Foire de Paris, Rétromobile, Paris Games Week, IDEF, and Création et Savoir Faire.
Renaud Hamaide, Chairman of Comexposium, said: “Jean-Claude shaped many of the events we organise at Comexposium. His entrepreneurial spirit and strong leadership have helped to develop our brands, our teams, and all of Comexposium. We would like to thank him for everything he has done for Comexposium and to wish him well in his retirement.”
Preterre joined Comexposium in 2012 to manage Comexposium’s longest running event, Foire de Paris, which began in 1904.
Simon Foster, CEO of Comexposium, said: “Carine has distinguished herself as a manager in the Foire de Paris portfolio, as well through her initiatives to continually share best-practices and collaborate outside across Comexposium. Renaud and I are confident she’s going to apply her same focus and strong guidance to the entire LLE division.”
Foire de Paris runs from 27 April - 8 May, after the conclusion of the event, the leadership transition will begin.
In turn, Steven Abajoli, currently Sales Director for Foire de Paris, will take over from Preterre as the Event Director of Foire de Paris.