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AEO People's Award

Simon Foster

Simon Foster

Group CEO, Arc

For nearly 30 years, Simon has focused on bringing businesses to life through meaningful connections. Before establishing Arc, Simon was CEO of Comexposium, where he led the transformation of an historically French business to become the third largest pure-play events organiser in the world and delivered a highly successful PE sale. Simon also spent 19 years with UBM, now Informa, notably as CEO of EMEA and Americas. He has a strong track record of driving organic and acquisition-driven growth, launching products globally, cultivating and building partnerships, and delivering strong profits.

Simon is Chair of the AEO International Working Group, a Board member of SISO, and a Trustee of Dreams Come True.


  • I think for us to actually champion the amazing people that work in this industry is to be hugely applauded and to be able to recognise the incredible talent that lives and breathes in our world is very important
    Lisa Tyson
    Deputy Managing Director, Aztec Event Services
  • It’s a great honour and an achievement to be nominated, shortlisted and even better to win one.
    Emma Barrett
    Managing Director, Broadway Events
  • I'm a CEO within the industry and it's my responsibility to support associations and talk to some of the new up and coming talent
    Mary Cole
    Owner & CEO, Skyline Whitespace
  • It feels absolutely amazing to be recognised for the work I’ve put in
    Melina Mavoungou
    Winner of Best Newcomer 2023


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