Emerald Expositions, parent company of NY Now, said its board of directors has appointed Sally Shankland to the position of president and CEO. Shankland will assume her new role on June 1, 2019 and will remain a member of the company’s board of directors.
Phil Evans, Emerald’s interim president and CEO, will continue to serve as the company’s chief financial officer.
Shankland brings over 35 years of experience including a tenure of more than 20 years with UBM, now part of Informa plc, a UK-based multinational events, academic publishing and business intelligence business. Her most recent position at UBM was CEO of the Americas. Shankland is currently a principal and founder of Astra Terra, a strategic advisory and consulting firm. In 2018, she served as interim executive at Healthline.com. Previously, Shankland served two years as president of McGraw-Hill Higher Education.
“Sally’s experience, skills and approach are a perfect match with the board’s requirements for the Emerald CEO position; and, after conducting a thorough search over the last seven months, I am thrilled to have her accept the position,” said Kosty Gilis, chairman of Emerald Expositions. “Sally has achieved remarkable success in her career by bringing inspirational leadership, purposeful strategies and strong execution skills to businesses with unmet potential. The board and I have been particularly impressed by her success in driving growth and capturing new opportunities by harnessing data, technology, and a strong and persistent focus on customer satisfaction.”