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Ben Goedegebuure to Serve as Global General Manager for Europe Middle East and Africa

February 25, 2014

Ben Goedegebuure to Serve as Global General Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa

ST. LOUIS, MO (Feb. 25, 2014) Established industry leader, Ben Goedegebuure, has joined Maritz Travel Company – the top global service provider for the meeting, congress, conference and incentive travel industry – as global general manager of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In this role, Goedegebuure will help lead the Maritz Travel Company Global Meetings Network, counsel and support current and future client engagements, and continue his and the company’s in-market industry advocacy, education and leadership efforts.

Goedegebuure is known for his collaborative spirit and ability to create meaningful partnerships throughout the industry. With a demonstrated history of effectively attracting international business, growing tourism efforts, and delivering exceptional experiences, Goedegebuure will continue to provide value across the corporate, association and tradeshow markets.

“Ben’s contributions in the European, Middle Eastern and African markets are extraordinary; he has been a true pioneer in developing and growing business within these markets,” said David Peckinpaugh, president of Maritz Travel Company, which includes Maritz Travel and Experient. “His talents will further help Maritz Travel Company create the right connections for our current and future clients through broader global and deeper local capabilities.”

Goedegebuure is joined by two other Maritz Travel Company global general manager colleagues focused on complementary geographic markets: Ping He, a veteran member of Maritz Travel Company, representing Asia Pacific and Eduardo Chaillo, an extended member of the Maritz Travel Company team, representing Latin America and Mexico.

“Together, this is an incredible team that shares a very natural alignment and outlook with one another and Maritz Travel Company,” said Ben Goedegebuure, global general manager of Maritz Travel Company. “The passion, interests, experience and networks that have come together truly create an entirely new level of opportunities for how organizations can go-to-market more effectively – local insights and relationships further connected with the advantages of an established global leader.”

Goedegebuure will help further lead both Maritz Travel Company and its Global Meetings Network, including professional conference organizers, destination management companies, and other key relationships. This will ensure consistent quality in the design and delivery of programs that help transform client organizations and their people through the event experience.

“Maritz Travel Company is an organization that I always enjoyed working with because of their ability to not just deliver on the logistics, but because of their attention to design and delivery in creating highly relevant and meaningful experiences,” Goedegebuure said. “I’m excited to be able to help bring together a new level of experiential excellence through a more collaborative local and global approach – creating stronger client and guest value from the best of both worlds.”

About Ben Goedegebuure
Prior to joining Maritz Travel Company, Goedegebuure spent more than eight years at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) in Glasgow (UK), where he most recently served as director of sales. During his time at the SECC, he helped expand the organization’s global business, forged strategic partnerships with industry associations, such as the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), Association of Event Venues (AEV), Eventia and Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), and was part of the team that launched SSE Hydro, Scotland’s national live event arena. Before his time at the SECC, Goedegebuure served as director of marketing and sales at Congrex Group.

Goedegebuure is known for his collaborative spirit and ability to create meaningful partnerships throughout the meeting, event and incentive travel industry. Currently, he serves on the advisory boards of The Americas Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings Exhibition (AIBTM) and International Confex, in addition to chairing PCMA’s Global Advisory Group. He led the Glasgow Tourism Service Initiative, “Glasgow Service with Style,” a public-private sector partnership developed to deliver a world-class tourism experience for the city, its visitors and businesses. In 2011, Goedegebuure became PCMA’s first non-North American board member.

About Maritz Travel Company
Maritz Travel Company – consisting of Maritz Travel and Experient – is one of the strongest, most diversely positioned leaders in the meeting, event and incentive travel industry within the areas of corporate, association, government and tradeshows. Through experiential design, Maritz Travel Company helps transform organizations and people through the event experience. We are committed to perfecting the guest experience to deliver leading-edge thinking, experience, and technology solutions for meetings, conventions and exhibitions throughout the world. For more information, please visit www.maritztravel.com or www.experient-inc.com, or follow us on Twitter @MaritzTravel or @Experient_Inc.