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Ben Goedegebuure

Global General Manager, EMEA

Based in The Netherlands, Ben Goedegebuure serves as global general manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In his role, Ben provides counsel and supports global strategic solutions for clients, and contributes to the company’s business development, industry presence and thought leadership efforts. In addition, he helps oversee the Maritz Global Meetings Network – a worldwide network of nearly 30 best-in-class partners representing more than 60 countries throughout the world.

Ben has been involved in different sides of the conference, events and exhibition industry and, during his career has organized meetings and events in over 25 countries and different continents in the world. With a background in Information Science and Management, Ben has been Executive Director at the Federation Internationale d’Information et de Documentation (FID), has held leadership positions at Congrex Holland and the Congrex Group. In 2005 Ben joined the Scottish Exhibition + Conference Centre (SECC) in Glasgow, Scotland, as Director of Sales and Marketing and was appointed to the SECC Board in February 2011. He led the Glasgow Tourism Service Initiative, “Glasgow Service with Style,” a large scale public-private sector partnership developed to deliver a world-class tourism and hospitality experience for the city, its visitors and businesses.

Ben is a well-respected industry leader with a diverse background in the meetings industry and in international relations. He is known for his collaborative spirit and ability to create meaningful partnerships throughout the meeting, event and incentive travel industry. He currently serves as Chair of the PCMA Global Advisory Group and contributes his industry expertise to a number of advisory boards and panels in the industry. Previously from 2011 to 2013, he served as the first non- North American Director on the Board of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA).

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