Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (Adnec) has appointed Pieter Idenburg as its new Group CEO. Idenburg will take up his new role starting August 1, 2012.
Dutchman Idenburg brings more than 25 years of customer service passion and business acumen to Adnec. Idenburg has held senior management positions in a number of international organisations such as American Airlines, The Walt Disney Company and British Airways.
Most recently, Idenburg served as CEO of Suntec Singapore Exhibition & Convention Centre. Having been with Suntec Singapore since 2005, Idenburg helmed events such as The IMF / Worldbank Conference, APEC meetings and the first ever Youth Olympic Games. Idenburg also served as CEO of Suntec International.
Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of Adnec, said: “Pieter’s experience and industry knowledge will strengthen the organisation, and his appointment supports Adnec’s vision to be the most successful exhibition, conference and events centre in the region.”
Adnec Managing Director, Ali Saeed Bin Harmal Al Dhaheri, adds: “Idenburg is driven by a passion for excellence and he has a reputation as an innovator in the service industry – all values that are at the heart of our organisation.”
Whilst in Singapore, Pieter Idenburg served as Chairman of the Board of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (Singapore) and was a member of the Board of Singapore’s European Chamber of Commerce. He also served as a Committee Member of the Hospitality and Retail Group of the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce and was also a Board Member of the iconic Singapore Flyer.
Idenburg comments: “I am delighted to play a part in Adnec’s future in Abu Dhabi, the region and in the exhibition and convention industry as a whole. I am sure that my lifelong passion for service excellence will support Adnec to grow the business in line with its vision and values.”
Idenburg’s appointment completes the restructure of Adnec’s senior leadership team.
“I am grateful to Adnec’s Group CFO, Mike Henderson, who has managed the Group CEO role since April 2011. I am confident that our senior leadership team will continue to push the boundaries and maximise Adnec’s opportunities,” said Al Dhaheri.