Movers and Groovers : The Association of Event Organisers, NewVoiceMedia, Rakuten Marketing,Chris Skeith ,Guy Sochovsky,Seth Richardson

The Association of Event Organisers (AEO) will make Chris Skeith its new chief executive officer.

Skeith, who has served as Event Supplier & Services (ESSA) director for seven years and Association of Event Venues (AEV) director of four years concurrently, takes up the post in November 2014.


He will continue to be based at the Event Industry Alliance headquarters in Berkhamsted, where all three associations have their secretariat offices.

Skeith said: “It is with mixed emotions that I move on to new challenges in my role as AEO CEO and leave my role as director of ESSA and AEV. I have been privileged to work with many inspiring, successful individuals and companies in both ESSA and the AEV, and I am pleased to leave both associations in rude health. The time has come for me to take on new challenges, but I am delighted to say that these will be within the industry and I will be working with friends and colleagues old and new.”

NewVoiceMedia, the leading provider of cloud contact centre solutions, has strengthened its executive team with the appointment of Guy Sochovsky as SVP Business Transformation and Performance.
Sochovsky will be responsible for shaping the organisational framework and delivering initiatives to support both high growth and operational efficiency across NewVoiceMedia’s expanding global footprint. He joins from Syniverse Technologies and MACH, global providers of interoperability and enterprise solutions focused on enabling the mobile communications industry, where he held various senior executive positions spanning finance, corporate development and strategy. 

Rakuten Marketing, the global leader in omni channel marketing and a division of Rakuten, Inc., announced the appointment of Seth Richardson as Chief Technology Officer, based in the UK.  In addition, Rakuten Marketing officially launches in France and Germany under its newly unified and restructured line of business, which is echoed globally. Rakuten Marketing’s core services remain but are renamed – Rakuten LinkShare becomes Rakuten Affiliate Network, Rakuten DC Storm becomes Rakuten Attribution and Rakuten MediaForge becomes Rakuten Display.

With clients including Dune London and Anthropologie launching in France and Germany, the expansion of the company into these new markets will allow Rakuten Marketing customers to reach new audiences and grow their brand presence internationally, as well as deliver cross-border campaigns.
Seth steps into the role of CTO after co-founding attribution and measurement company DC Storm in 2004, which was recently acquired by Rakuten Marketing in 2014. The company, now known as Rakuten Attribution, provides over 1000 websites worldwide with a holistic and transparent view of performance across all their marketing channels. 

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