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CWT Meetings and Events Further Boosts its Global Team
Steven Smith appointed CWT Meetings & Events leader for Asia Pacific
SINGAPORE, December 5, 2012 – CWT Meetings & Events, a global leader in events and meetings management, announced that Steven Smith is appointed senior director, CWT Meetings & Events, Asia-Pacific. Smith will be part of the CWT regional leadership team, based in Singapore and the global CWT Meetings & Events team.
Kelly Kuhn, president CWT Asia Pacific said, "The meetings and events market represents increasing business opportunities and significant growth potential in the Asia-Pacific region. With a strong global focus on this sector, we are committed to investing in our meetings and events organization through both people and technology."
Earlier this year, Floyd Widener was appointed global leader for CWT Meetings & Events. His appointment provided further strategic and operational leadership for CWT’s meetings and events business around the world. Smith and Widener will be working together to give Asia-Pacific customers access to CWT Meetings & Events' global services, world-class tools and processes, while further developing specific regional expertise and best practices.
Widener commented, "As our customers continue to keep a close eye on cost control, they are increasingly looking for strategic managed meetings policies and programs that drive both results and savings. Over the past year, our global meetings and events activities have seen double-digit growth*; we’re expecting this to continue into 2013, with the Asia-Pacific market looking particularly strong."
Smith has extensive knowledge of the events industry and has worked in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. He joins CWT from IQPC, a global organization which produces over 2000 conferences, seminars and learning programs annually worldwide. Most recently, Steven was based in Singapore as managing director responsible for expanding the presence of IQPC in China. A British national, Smith has a BA Hons in French with International Studies from University of Warwick.
*year to date October 2012
About CWT Meetings & Events
CWT Meetings & Events is a global leader in events and meetings management. With an international reach of 1,600 event specialists extending across 75 countries worldwide, it delivers over 35,000 events each year for its customers – industries ranging from pharmaceutical and healthcare, to technology, financial services, telecommunications, energy, automotive and government. Leveraging Carlson Wagonlit Travel’s global expertise and network, CWT Meetings & Events creates a customized, holistic approach that delivers excellent results to clients.
About Carlson Wagonlit Travel
CWT is a global leader specialized in managing business travel and meetings and events. CWT serves companies, government institutions and non-governmental organizations of all sizes in more than 150 countries and territories. By leveraging both the expertise of its people and leading-edge technology, CWT helps clients derive the greatest value from their travel program in terms of savings, service, security and sustainability. The company is also committed to providing best-in-class service and assistance to travelers. CWT services and solutions comprise Traveler & Transaction Services, Program Optimization, Safety & Security, Meetings & Events and Energy Services. In 2011, sales volume for wholly owned operations and joint ventures totaled US$28.0 billion. As part of its commitment to responsible business, CWT is a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact Ten Principles. For more information about CWT, please visit our global website at www.carlsonwagonlit.com. Follow us on twitter.com/carlsonwagonlit.
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