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ADNEC Group Announces Darren Johnson as CEO of Capital Events

Publication Date: 9 May 2023

Abu Dhabi, UAE - 09 May 2023: ADNEC Group has announced the appointment of Darren Johnson as the new CEO of Capital Events, the region’s most prominent event organising powerhouse.

This appointment comes in line with ADNEC Group’s strategic objectives in contributing to the future growth of business tourism by organizing and attracting major new events to the UAE, hosted in Abu Dhabi. In addition, the move will build on existing success to further develop Capital Events as an international organiser platform, to strengthen the Group’s competitiveness and ensure operational excellence.

Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Managing Director and Group CEO of ADNEC Group, said: “I would like to extend a warm welcome to Darren and wish him great success in his new role. With his wealth of experience and unique skills, I am confident that Darren will make a valuable contribution to the success to Capital Events. We look forward to continuing the company’s journey of success, which ensures offering its clients world-class services, in accordance with the highest international standards.

Darren Johnson, CEO of Capital Events, said: “I am thrilled to take on this new challenge to drive the Capital Events to new realms of excellence and success. Capital Events has cemented its position as one of the leading events companies in the region. I look forward to developing the company’s portfolio of high-profile events and exhibitions, while providing our exhibitors and stakeholders with best in class events capabilities.”  

Johnson brings extensive experience and expertise in the events industry, with a proven track record in driving growth and achieving results. He is a strategic leader who is adept at managing rapid development and driving organizational efficiency through continuous improvement of all business operations.

Prior to joining ADNEC Group, Johnson held the positions of Chief Executive Officer and Divisional Managing Director at Reed Exhibitions. He has also served on the Board of several major companies and industry forums.

ADNEC Group is committed to provide world class events and experiences, and to drive strong growth within Capital Events as an international platform to support its strategic objectives.

Capital Events organises major events locally and internationally, including eight international shows organised by the group: the International Defence Exhibition & Conference (IDEX), the Naval Defence & Maritime Security Exhibition (NAVDEX), the Unmanned Systems Exhibition & Conference (UMEX), the Simulation and Training Exhibition (SIMTEX), the International Exhibition of National Security and Resilience (ISNR), the Global Media Congress, the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show (ADIBS), and Abu Dhabi International Food Exhibition (ADIFE).