UBM divisional management

Ninan Chacko Chief Executive Officer, PR Newswire

Ninan was appointed Chief Executive Officer of PR Newswire in February 2009. Ninan was Chief Commercial Officer of Worldspan, the worldwide travel information, e-commerce and service provider to travel suppliers, agencies and corporations. Prior to Worldspan, Mr Chacko spent more than 13 years with Sabre Holdings, a leading supplier of distribution and technology solutions to the travel industry and Sabre’s former owner, AMR Corp. A native of Malaysia, Mr Chacko was educated in Asia, Europe and the United States, earning a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Kansas.

Jime Essink Chief Executive Officer, UBM Asia

Jime took up his post as Chief Executive Officer of CMP Asia, now UBM Asia, in November 2007. Jime has long experience of leading and growing B2B media businesses in emerging and developed markets throughout Asia and Europe. He joined UBM from VNU Exhibitions where he worked since 1999. Based in Shanghai as CEO of VNU Exhibitions Asia, Jime was responsible for VNU's portfolio of more than 20 Asian exhibitions which serve a wide range of B2B and consumer markets. In 2006 he was appointed CEO of VNU Exhibitions Europe and President of VNU Exhibitions Asia, spending a week a month in China. Before joining VNU, Jime also spent seven years as managing director of Miller Freeman Netherlands (now part of UBM Live), organiser of among others the Pharmaceutical and Food Ingredients events.

Simon Foster Chief Executive Officer, UBM Live

Simon was appointed CEO of UBM Live in July 2008. He was appointed Managing Director and to the Board of UBM International Media (subsequently merged in to UBM Live) in March 2006 having been General Manager & Group Director of the business’s Ingredients Division since September 2003. Prior to that, Simon managed many of CMPi's leading magazines and events. A qualified marketer, Simon has been with UBM since 1998. He joined UBM after a broad ranging career in marketing, sales and PR. In November 2012 Simon also took on the role of CEO of UBM Built Environment following its merger with UBM Live.

Sally Shankland Chief Executive Officer, UBM Americas

Sally was appointed Chief Executive Officer of UBM Connect in May 2012.  Prior to that appointment, Sally was CEO of UBM Medica US.  UBM Connect brings together UBM's US healthcare business (UBM Medica US) and UBM Canon, UBM Connect NY and UBM Mexico.

Sally joined UBM in 1988 and held successive positions in marketing, sales and management.  Sally has led UBM Medica US's successful transition from a print-based publishing business to its position as one of the leading digital marketing services businesses serving the US healthcare market.

Sally is a graduate of UBM's Business Leaders Programme (2001 & 2011) and has completed executive development courses with Harvard Business School and Cornell University.  She graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.A. (Summa Cum Laude, Honors) in Social Science following being educated in Italy and Germany.