Idenburg heads off to Abu Dhabi

PIETER Idenburg, who has resigned as CEO of Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre, has revealed his next move – CEO of Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (or ADNEC Group), which owns and operates the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, the largest exhibition venue in the Middle East, and is also into convention centre management business.

The appointment is effective August 1.

“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 said.

Idenburg served as CEO of Suntec since 2005, helming events such as The IMF/Worldbank Conference, APEC meetings and the first-ever Youth Olympic Games. He was also CEO of Suntec International.

His resignation from Suntec came as a surprise, as he was gung-ho about expanding Suntec’s convention centre management business, while the convention centre in Singapore itself is undergoing a S$180 million (US$142 million) modernisation programme and a S$230 million upgrading for Suntec City Mall.

Idenburg would not comment on pull and push factors when asked by TTG Asia e-Daily.

Arun Madhok is acting CEO of Suntec Singapore (TTG Asia e-Daily, June 19, 2012).

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