NEWTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Questex Media Group LLC, a leading business-to-business media company, announced today that a leadership transition has been completed at the company's Questex-McLean Events division with the promotion of Mr. Iain Tonna to the position of president, Questex-McLean Events.
Mr. Tonna joined McLean Events International, Ltd. as head of operations in 2000, later advancing to become a shareholder and the company's VP/C.O.O. “Iain's role in building Questex-McLean into a global market leader in the field of hosted buyer appointment-based events has been pivotal. He is the logical and best choice to take the helm of the division and we are very pleased that he will be leading it to the next phase of growth,” said Questex president and CEO, Kerry Gumas.
“I’m particularly excited to take on this role at this time,” said Mr. Tonna. “Questex-McLean has achieved a unique position in the market as a pioneer in the field of one-to-one appointment-based events. We have a wonderful, talented team of professionals who produce our renowned brand of events, serving thousands of buyers and suppliers annually worldwide. Having been a part of the team that first brought this unique brand of b-to-b events to market, I'm now looking forward to leading the business to its next stage of innovation and growth," he continued. "I’m very honored to have the opportunity to lead such a talented group of individuals through this process and deliver world class service to our customers," said Mr. Tonna.
Questex acquired the McLean Events International, Ltd. business in 2007 from founder, Noor Kassam, and Mr. Tonna, both of whom continued to manage the business as a subsidiary of Questex. They led the development and integration of the business into Questex, including several significant event launches, the re-naming of the group in 2012 to Questex-McLean events and the completion of the leadership transition to Mr. Tonna from Mr. Kassam, who successfully concluded his service as president and company director in December 2012.
"Iain brings a unique combination of deep knowledge of the Questex-McLean business along with a strong entrepreneurial background and extensive experience in the travel and meetings sector that we believe make him uniquely qualified to lead the business, " said Gumas.
Mr. Tonna joined Malta-based United Travel in 1993 and progressed from Marketing Manager to General Manager. In 2007, he acquired the majority shareholding in United Travel from United Group of Companies and in January 2013, led United Travel's acquisition of the brand and goodwill of Flyaway Tours from Air Malta plc. Flyaway Tours is Malta’s leading outbound package tour operator for individuals. Mr. Tonna was also the founding Managing Director of Euromed Cruises Ltd (2001 – 2003), a joint venture between United Group and SMS Group and which was instrumental in the introduction of affordable cruises departing regularly from Malta.
In addition to entrepreneurial ventures, Iain has been a Council Member of the Federated Association of Travel & Tourism Agents (Malta) since 1994 and President since 2004. He has also been a Board Member of the Malta Tourism Authority since 2005, having previously served as a member of the Authority’s Marketing(2003 – 2004) and Product Planning & Development Directorate Boards (2001 – 2002) and has chaired the Authority’s Audit Committee. He has also served as Chairman of the Tourism Trade Section of the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise & Industry and served as a Council member of the chamber. He has been a Director of Brussels based ECTAA (Group of National Travel Agents’ & Tour Operators’ Associations within the EU) since 2004 and has also been invited to sit on the Customer Advisory Board of Fairmont Raffles Hotels International (2011).
About Questex Media Group LLC
Questex Media Group is a leading business-to-business media company. Questex produces industry-leading conferences, tradeshows and business events for specific markets as well as eMedia, publishing, eLearning and other eBusiness products that facilitate year-round lead generation, buying, selling and business networking in those markets. The company's wide range of products as well as audience, content, marketing and information services help millions of executives and professionals from the world's leading companies buy and sell more effectively and accelerate their growth year round. The company serves the Hospitality, Travel & Leisure sector including industries such as Hotel, Travel, Restaurant, Nightclub & Bar, Spa, Beauty and Entertainment as well as the High Technology sector including industries such as I.T, Telecommunications, Sensors, Life Sciences and Healthcare. Through its Questex-McLean Events division, based in Malta, the company produces a unique global series of one-to-one, hosted buyer appointment-based events. Questex Media Group LLC is headquartered in Newton, MA. with offices worldwide.