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 EMEA

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. In January 2015 the UBM Live name was changed to UBM EMEA.

Joe Loggia Chief Executive Officer, UBM Advanstar

Joe Loggia became Chief Executive Officer of UBM Advanstar in December 2014 following UBM’s acquisition of Advanstar Inc where he had been CEO for ten years.  

Under Joe’s leadership, Advanstar evolved from a traditional B2B publisher and tradeshow producer to become an event and marketing services business serving business professionals in a wide range of markets, leveraging strong product positions to achieve long term sustainable growth.  Joe also spearheaded the successful divestiture of certain assets to Questex Media.

Prior to becoming CEO, Joe led the efforts to enhance Advanstar's operating efficiencies by re-engineering key business processes, implementing state-of-the-art data systems, new business development procedures and rewards, and a new growth-based management compensation system.

Joe joined Advanstar in 1998 through its acquisition of MAGIC International.  As President and CEO of MAGIC, Joe led its acquisition and integration into Advanstar , having led the development of MAGIC Marketplace into the world’s largest and most widely recognised apparel tradeshow.  Before joining MAGIC,Joe, was a manager at Coopers & Lybrand responsible for Fraud and Financial Investigations after spending ten years in law enforcement.

Sally Shankland Chief Executive Officer, UBM Americas

Sally was appointed Chief Executive Officer of UBM Americas in September 2014.  Prior to that appointment, Sally was CEO of UBM Connect.  UBM Americas brings together a US-based events and marketing services business serving the fashion, licensing, life sciences and powersports industries (UBM Advanstar), UBM's US technology business (UBM Tech), healthcare business (UBM Medica US) and UBM Canon, UBM Connect NY, UBM Mexico and UBM Brazil.

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.