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AEO Conference 2024

Simon Foster

Simon Foster

Group CEO, Arc
Before establishing Arc, Simon Foster was CEO of Comexposium, where he led the business to become the world’s third largest pure-play events organiser and delivered a highly successful PE sale. Prior to that, he spent 19 years with UBM, now Informa, notably as CEO of UBM EMEA and UBM Americas. He has a strong track record of driving organic and acquisition-driven growth, launched products globally, cultivated and built partnerships, opened and grew in region business infrastructures. He is Chair of the Association of Event Organisers (AEO) International Working Group and a member of the Independent Organisers Network (ION). He is also Non-Executive Director of Rego and a Board Trustee of Dreams Come True children’s charity. Simon likes to spend his free time at home with his wife and daughter, watches and plays football and rugby and enjoys live music.


  • We come to the AEO Conference for the people, they allow us to connect easily. It gives us a great opportunity to connect to all of these people here and it's a great opportunity to speak to everybody. It's not too big, not too small the whole market is here.
    Mathys Taekema
    International Business Development Manager, RAI Amsterdam
  • The AEO Conference is an important forum because it brings together change makers in the event industry, I'm also looking forward to networking with some great people as well.
    Raphael Sofoluke
    Founder & CEO, UK Black Business Show
  • The AEO Conference has always been a really important forum, it talks about some of the kind of key topics and trends and certainly as I've sort of developed throughout my career it's always topics around mergers and acquisitions or where the industry is going or the pivot to digital it's always given us really good talking points and things to think about.
    Duncan Reid
    CEO & Co-Founder, Reset Connect


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