In case you haven't heard, Aventri has kicked off the new year with a major announcement: the appointment of our new CEO Jim Sharpe! Our team across the globe is excited by this news, as Jim brings extensive executive experience in high-growth technology-enabled businesses and will continue to grow Aventri’s footprint in the global meeting and event technology space.
Here are some quick facts about our new CEO:
- Prior to joining Aventri, Jim spent six years as GM and Managing Director at Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG), the leading platform for connecting top professionals for sharing expertise, where he managed the firm’s largest and most profitable business unit, Financial Services, greatly expanding the user base toward revenue north of $200 million.
- Prior to GLG, Jim was CEO of Standard Purification, a PE-backed manufacturing business where he led the growth, expansion and successful exit to a strategic buyer.
- Jim earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Commerce and a Bachelor of Arts Degrees in East Asian Languages from the University of Virginia.
- A fun fact about Jim is that one of his favorite lifelong hobbies is fishing and he is currently learning on how to fly fish in his spare time.
And while a change in leadership is usually bittersweet, as you normally say goodbye to someone on your team, what makes this news a little special is that our previous CEO, Oni Chukwu, is staying within the Aventri family. After leading our company for the past six years past six years, during which he oversaw accelerated revenue growth, product maturation and global expansion, Oni will offer his leadership and guidance as Executive Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
On behalf on the entire Aventri team, join me in welcoming Jim Sharpe! We can't wait to see what this new, exciting chapter will bring throughout 2020 and beyond.
Learn more about Aventri's new CEO in our press release, and in this Q&A with MeetingsNet.