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Aventri appoints new CEO

Event technology company Aventri has announced the appointment of Jim Sharpe as its new CEO.

Oni Chukwu, who served as the company’s CEO for the past six years, has been elevated to Executive Chairman. He oversaw accelerated revenue growth and global expansion.

Chukwu commented: “It’s been one of the great honours of my career to have had the opportunity to lead this company and this wonderful team at such a pivotal time. I am proud of what we’ve accomplished and humbled by the dedication and passion that Aventrians bring to it every day.”

Rich Lawson, chairman of the board of directors, added: “Under Oni’s leadership Aventri has grown into a formidable organization, providing market-leading solutions to its nearly 2000 customers worldwide. We’re delighted to have him remain on the board to continue helping to chart the future of the company. We’re also very excited to welcome Jim Sharpe to lead Aventri’s best-in-class executive team and continue to grow Aventri’s footprint in the global meeting and event technology space.”

Sharpe brings extensive executive experience in high-growth technology-enabled businesses. Prior to joining Aventri, he spent six years as GM and Managing Director at Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG), a platform for connecting top professionals and sharing expertise.

He managed the firm’s largest and most profitable business unit, financial services, greatly expanding the user base toward revenue north of $200m. Prior to GLG, Sharpe was CEO of Standard Purification, a PE-backed manufacturing business where he led the growth, expansion and successful exit to a strategic buyer.

Sharpe said: “I am thrilled to be joining Aventri at such an exciting time in the company’s history. We are now well positioned to take advantage of our market leadership to significantly scale the business. I look forward to working with the Aventri team, and especially our customers, to continue to innovate and deliver the best solution and experience in the industry.”