02 January 2013
At the end of the most successful year in its history, ExCeL London today announced that its Chief Executive Kevin Murphy will step up to become Chairman. David Pegler, currently Managing Director will become Chief Executive with effect from the 1st January.
In 2012, ExCeL London welcomed 5 million visitors through its doors, played host to seven Olympic events, six Paralympic events and contributed over £1.8 billion in economic impact to London.
As Chief Executive, Kevin Murphy has overseen the investment of £65m from ExCeL's owners, the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre (ADNEC) to create a new International Convention Centre for London, which has resulted in the Capital moving from 19th to 7th in the ICCA (International Convention & Congress Association) rankings. Murphy also secured a further £55m investment in opening the UK's first Aloft hotel with 252 beds. Since taking over as CEO ExCeL London has won 50 industry awards including World's Best Meetings & Conference Venue at the World Travel Awards, Europe's Best for the last three years and every major UK venue award.
Stepping up to become Chairman, Kevin Murphy will concentrate on developing and strengthening ExCeL London's partnerships with local and national government to gain greater recognition and support for London as a global centre for Business Tourism. A board member of London and Partners, the official promotion organisation for London, Kevin Murphy will continue to work to attract international businesses to meet and exhibit in the UK capital city, so that it can achieve its aims with the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, to reach number 1 in the ICCA rankings and be the leading events destination in Europe.
Kevin Murphy said, "ExCeL London has had a huge positive impact on the London economy and has helped to attract some of the world's leading events to our capital city. Exhibitions, conferences, meetings and corporate hospitality contributes £30.3 billion to the annual British economy and is the UK's fifth biggest industry in employment terms, more than financial services, transport and construction and level with education. We therefore need to raise the profile of the importance of our industry and garner support from government so that we can be more competitive in the global marketplace."
David Pegler said, "ExCeL London as a business has been transformed the last few years into one of the leading international venues. My ambition is to make London Europe's meeting Capital with ExCeL playing a pivotal role in helping to achieve this. We have made internal changes within the business so that we have the best team in place to work with London and ensure that we meet our objectives and long term vision."
In October of this year, London Mayor, Boris Johnson joined David Pegler and Kevin Murphy to announce that ExCeL had been selected by the European Society of Cardiology for the world's largest medical congress in 2015. The event will bring 35,000 medical professionals to the capital for the 5 day event and is expected to be worth approximately £80 million to the London economy. 2013 will be another record breaking year for ExCeL with 18 corporate and medical congresses announced.