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Exhibitions get new management team

Dan Nwaokolo copyExhibition organiser Clarion Events has introduced a new management team for its retail shows, including January Furniture Show, Manchester Furniture Show, Top Drawer, and Home & Gift.

With more than 20 years’ experience of shaping and leading award-winning events across both trade and consumer, Daniel Nwaokolo expands his role as md to encapsulate both Clarion’s enthusiast and retail portfolios. 

‘In a year of great change, the sectors of the retail industry we serve have shown incredible resilience and dynamism. Both how products are sourced and consumed has been accelerated by the influence of online, and I’m looking forward to working with the team to provide innovative buying opportunities and solutions, both in-person and digitally, that meet our customers’ evolving needs,’ he says.

Zoë Bonser further strengthens the team as portfolio director, having previously been event director for Spring and Autumn Fair and, most recently, show director for The Baby Show at Clarion. ‘It’s a real honour to be leading the retail portfolio, whose shows are so loved by the industry and are such crucial opportunities for brands, designers and buyers to unite. At its core, retail is an industry all about people, passion and connection. These are elements that the long-standing event teams and I will continue to harness as we evolve our offering even further, creating new opportunities for success through both live events and exciting new virtual outputs,’ she says. 

Abigail Quesnel has been appointed senior operations manager for the portfolio.