SSI Parent Company Emerald Names New Chief Executive

Hervé Sedky, appointed president and CEO, brings three decades of experience, including six years as president of Reed Exhibitions Americas.

NEW YORK — Emerald Holding (NYSE: EEX), the parent company of Security Sales & Integration, has appointed Hervé Sedky to the position of president and CEO of Emerald. Sedky will assume his new role on Jan. 5, 2021.

Brian Field, Emerald’s interim president and CEO, will continue to serve as the company’s COO.

“We are thrilled to have Hervé join the Emerald team. His long and successful career in leadership roles serving the business travel and events markets, along with his strategic acumen, transformative approach, and results-orientation are an ideal fit for Emerald’s next phase of growth,” says  Kosty Gilis, chairman of Emerald’s board of directors.

Sedky brings three decades of experience including, most recently, six years as president of Reed Exhibitions Americas, where he led a business of over 100 annual sector-leading events in North and South America. This highly-relevant role is complemented by a distinguished 20-year executive career at the American Express Co., where he held the title of senior vice president and general manager of American Express Business Travel, guiding the growth of a $1 billion revenue business and serving on American Express’ senior management team.

“I am excited to join the world-class Emerald team and can’t think of a better place to reinforce what people and businesses need most: human connections. If there is one thing we have learned personally and professionally from the ongoing pandemic, it is that nothing can replace the high value of the live, in-person experience,” Sedky says. “Emerald has already begun to demonstrate that face-to-face events can once again be staged safely. We will continue to enhance our customer experience with the extraordinary learning we have acquired this year and apply the kind of creativity we didn’t think possible—the kind of innovation that will drive better results, better customer experience and value.”

“Hervé is a tremendous leader whom I have known as an industry colleague for some time; he demonstrates a fantastic blend of personal leadership, industry insight, and a keen customer focus. I am excited to work closely with him, as we together continue to accelerate Emerald’s pathways for growth, and build upon the many remarkable foundations we have put in place over this year,” says Field.

Gilis added, “On behalf of the entire board, I would like to sincerely thank Brian for assuming the role of Interim president and CEO for the last year. He has very capably led the organization during what has been an unexpectedly turbulent time for the industry against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, all while driving forward many important transformational initiatives for the business which have positioned Emerald to emerge stronger on the other side of the pandemic. The board looks forward to continuing to work with Brian in his capacity as chief operating officer.”

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