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IBC appoints Mark Smith as chair of advisory group

Smith takes over from John Honeycutt who is standing down at the end of his term

Mark Smith will take over as chair of the IBC Council from John Honeycutt and oversee his first meeting at this year’s IBC Show in September.

Smith has spent more than 30 years in the technology and events sector, focused on industry-level technology evolution, innovation programmes and media and entertainment initiatives.

The Council is a long-established advisory group drawn from senior media and entertainment executives which advises IBC on key strategic issues. Honeycutt is standing down at the end of his term as chair.

“It is a great honour to have been appointed chair of the IBC Council,” Smith said. “I will be striving to ensure we have a strong balance of Council members to reflect IBC’s traditional and evolving stakeholders – including opinion formers, visitors, and exhibitors. This balance will be key to informing the development of compelling IBC events for the future, ensuring we continue to evolve and deliver as the essential global business and technology communications platform and marketplace for the media and entertainment industry.”

Michael Crimp, IBC’s chief executive officer, added: “Mark’s skill in bringing people together and building networks and relationships will prove a great asset to the Council, alongside his knowledge of digital and media markets and some of the most relevant challenges and opportunities ahead of our industry. I also want to thank John Honeycutt for leading the Council through the difficult pandemic era. John ensured that the Council provided essential feedback at a time when the industry was unable to meet in person.”

Registration for IBC Show 2023 is now open, find out more here.