Mr. Thanassis Panagoulias was appointed new CEO at FORUM SA – Member of NürnbergMesse Group on December 1, 2020, taking over from Mr. Nikos Choudalakis, who decided to leave the helm of the company after 31 years of successful career. Mr. Panagoulias has a long and distinguished career in the trade show industry as Sales Director at FORUM SA. From this position, in the last 15 years, he has contributed to significant commercial successes, as well as to the overall modernization of the company’s sales model. The new CEO, together with an accomplished team of professionals, possessing a strong know-how in commercial matters, leadership skills, experience in operational efficiency, and strategic thinking, will contribute decisively to the continuation of the company’s successful course, as well as to the further development and extroversion of the trade shows organized by FORUM SA. Upon assuming his new duties as President & CEO of FORUM SA, Mr. Thanassis Panagoulias stated: “I am delighted to take up my new role as CEO of FORUM SA, which for 31 years now enjoys considerable renown and excellent reputation, and for the last year is a member of NürnbergMesse, a leader among German exhibition companies. I know that our clients expect a great deal from myself, as well as the entire team. I can assure you that my priority is to constantly improve our products and I am commited to our main goal which is none other than the complete satisfaction of our thousands of customers.”
FORUM SA: The largest trade show organizers in Greece
For more than 32 years, FORUM SA has been successfully operating in the fields of trade shows and professional magazine publications with respect and with a sense of responsibility towards its partners and clients. Currently, FORUM organizes 8 international trade shows and publishes 4 trade magazines. According to an ICAP sector survey, FORUM holds a 23% market share and, based on turnover and EBITDA, ranks 1st among industry companies. Finally, as reported by the 2017 “Business Leader in Greece” survey conducted by ICAP, FORUM was in 231st place among the 500 most profitable companies in Greece. Since September 2019, FORUM SA is Member of the NürnbergMesse Group, one of the most dynamic German trade fair companies and one of the 15 largest exhibition companies in the world. This partnership will give fresh impetus to the further development of FORUM SA and will generate new opportunities for the Greek trade show industry, all the while helping Greece become an exhibition hub for the Balkans and Southeast Europe.
NÜRNBERG MESSE: Among the 15 largest exhibition companies in the world!
The NürnbergMesse Group is one of the 15 largest exhibition companies in the world. It comprises NürnbergMesse GmbH and its 15 subsidiaries and affiliates, as well as a network of international representatives operating in more than 115 countries. The group’s portfolio covers some 120 national and international exhibitions and congresses in analogue, hybrid or digital form, such as BIOFACH, BRAU BEVIALE, FACHPACK, CHILLVENTA, etc, while the company employs more than 1,000 people at eleven locations in Germany, Brazil, China, India, Italy, Austria, the USA, and Greece. Every year, about 35,000 exhibitors and up to 1.5 million visitors participate in the events organized by the NürnbergMesse Group.
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