Singapore-based SingEx-Sphere Holdings has completed the search for a new group CEO, with the appointment of Jean-François Quentin (pictured). He will take up the post from 1 August.
The company has also unveiled its new name and fresh branding. It will now be known as Constellar.
The rebrand follows the merger, in February this year, of the meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) portfolio company of Temasek - SingEx Holdings Pte. Ltd (‘SingEx’) - and subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings Limited - Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd (‘Sphere Exhibits’) to form SingEx-Sphere Holdings.
Constellar said in a release it is ready to take advantage of hybrid MICE business opportunities and “create a new agile path for growth through reinvention and collaboration”.
The group said it intended to connect a global eco-system of businesses and consumers through a holistic portfolio of brands in the MICE industry, including events management, venue management and consultancy businesses. It also said it intended to expand the portfolio via both organic curation and inorganic investments.
Mr Robin Hu, Chairman of Constellar Holdings, said: “The future of events belongs to those who build enduring connections through innovative engagements. The Constellar brand name and logo reflect our vision to become a global leader in the MICE experience space by activating impactful networks that connect our partners to global marketplaces for sustainable growth.
“Our constellation of event IPs connect people and businesses with the future. We are excited to expand horizons with new knowledge, connections and opportunities as we unite our networks around this common purpose.”
The new group CEO, Jean-François Quentin, is a 20-year veteran of the exhibitions and media industry who has served in senior leadership positions and has a track record of leading successful mergers and acquisitions as well as integrating diverse businesses.
Quentin was most recently divisional managing director at RX France (Reed Exhibitions). Previously, he was president and CEO of UBM Brazil (now part of Informa Markets) where he led many successful acquisitions in the health and energy sectors. He was also CEO and a founding member of the management team of easyFairs from 2004 to 2014.
Quentin said: “I am delighted to join and lead the newly formed Constellar as Group CEO at this time of change and consolidation for the event industry which will bring many business opportunities in digital and live events. I’m excited to work with the leadership team to accelerate Constellar’s pathways for growth and advancing Constellar as a leading global player, event and trade show platform.”
Photo courtesy: Constellar Holdings Pte Ltd