Margaret Ma Connolly appointed President - Asia, Informa Markets

HONG KONG, Jan. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Informa Markets has today announced the appointment of Margaret Ma Connolly as President - Asia, Informa Markets, effective 1 January 2020. The Informa Markets business in Asia delivers over 300 exhibitions across Mainland China, India, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and South East Asia, which include FURNITURE CHINA, COSMOPROF ASIA and CPhI CHINA.

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Ma Connolly joined UBM in 2008, which combined with Informa in 2018, and successfully grew the business in China through strategic joint-venture partnerships and organic development. She was appointed CEO of Asia in July 2018, and has since grown the business, strengthened the partnerships, invested in training and development and brought to market additional services such as content programmes, digital, roadshows and research reports that connect communities in specialist markets all year round. Prior to joining UBM, Ma Connolly held senior management positions at TNT and Global Sources.

Ma Connolly succeeds Jime Essink, who retired from his role as President - Asia, Informa Markets, at the end of 2019.

Informa Markets CEO, Charlie McCurdy, said: "Margaret has been instrumental in the growth of our business across Asia and I'm confident that she will continue to strengthen our presence in a region that is very important to our global business. This concludes the previously announced 12-month transition period between Margaret and Jime, who successfully served as the long-term head of this business."

Ma Connolly said: "The Informa Markets business in Asia has grown significantly over recent years to become the largest exhibitions company both in the region – and worldwide. I'm proud that we have a young and dynamic team that reflects the cultural and linguistic diversity across Asia, allowing us to continue delivering a local service to our customers, while leveraging our global scale. A key focus for me in my role as President for the region is to nurture our talent and invest in developing new skills, particularly in the areas of digital and data, so that we can continue to meet the ever-evolving needs of our customers."

About Informa Markets

Informa Markets creates platforms for industries and specialist markets to trade, innovate and grow. Our portfolio is comprised of more than 550 international B2B events and brands in markets including Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals to Infrastructure, Construction & Real Estate, Fashion & Apparel, Hospitality, Food & Beverage, and Health & Nutrition, among others. We provide customers and partners around the globe with opportunities to engage, experience and do business through face-to-face exhibitions, specialist digital content and actionable data solutions. As the world's leading exhibitions organiser, we bring a diverse range of specialist markets to life, unlocking opportunities and helping them to thrive 365 days of the year. For more information, please visit

About Informa

Informa PLC is a leading international Exhibitions, Events, Information Services and Scholarly Publishing Group with annual revenues approaching GBP3 billion. It helps commercial, professional and academic communities work smarter and make better decisions faster, through specialist content and intelligence, and opportunities to connect and learn. For more information, please visit

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