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PLASA CEO Matthew Griffiths steps down after 17 years

The PLASA Governing Body has announced the organisation is to undergo a complete restructuring, with Matthew Griffiths revealing he will step down on 31 October after 17 years as CEO.

The decision from the boards and executive management was taken following the last few months, during which time PLASA has experienced ‘increasingly difficult trading conditions’, prompting the management to start a review of its business model and structures.

Griffiths commented: “Having being involved in a number of restructures for PLASA over the years, I know how important it is to have clarity around the leadership driving any change as well as having a completely new set of thinking to tackle the challenges ahead. I am immensely proud of my achievements over the last two decades at PLASA including the growth of the PLASA London Exhibition, the PLASA Focus events, the launch of Lighting and Sound America, our political lobbying and the merger with ESTA. That said, my biggest satisfaction comes from working with a dedicated, committed and talented team of people, many of which have become close friends. The time is right to step aside and I will be working closely with the PLASA Governing Body during this transitional period to assist in every way possible.”

John Simpson, who is now the PLASA Governing Body acting chairman following the resignation of Steve Terry of ETC, added: “Matthew will be leaving PLASA on October 31st 2015 following the PLASA Exhibition after 17 years. His commitment to the Industry and to the members of PLASA is renowned. He has built up an international profile of which we should be proud and I know that his passion, good humour and acumen will be missed. We wish him well in his new future”.

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