Mark Shashoua

Mark Shashoua

Chief Executive Officer

Mark was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in September 2016. Mark was previously the CEO of i2i Events Group, the event arm of Ascential plc, where he spent five years leading the internationalisation and diversification of the business.

Mark was one of the founding members of Hyve Group plc, then called ITE Group, in 1991, where he was a senior Director and Board member for eight years. He is also a prominent figure in the international events industry and was recently appointed to the Board of UFI, the Global Association of the Events Industry. 

Mark’s focus is on evolving the business and working towards achieving its ambition. He spends considerable time alongside regional leaders and event teams, discussing the strategy of each market-leading show and planning for sustainable growth.

Mark is passionate about representing the evolution of customers’ behaviours in the events industry and pioneering constant change, while delivering value to shareholders.

John Gulliver

John Gulliver

Chief Finance and Operations Officer

John was appointed as the Company’s COO in October 2017. With effect from 1 October 2020 John took up the newly-formed combined role of CFO and COO. He oversaw the rollout of best practice as part of the TAG programme. John also has responsibility for implementing and maintaining our best practice operating model across our global network of exhibitions.

Prior to joining, John held senior financial positions in the media sector, including Interim CFO at Emap/Top Right Group and also Divisional CFO at Ascential, and CFO of i2i Events Group from June 2012 to June 2017, where he worked alongside Mark Shashoua, CEO. Prior to that, John was Finance Director at Precise Media from 2008 to 2010.

John’s background in finance and operational transformation, as well as his experience in the events sector, underpins his passion for bringing about positive change and disruption within the industry. John enjoys working in a change-led environment and loves the passion, energy and sense of achievement that occur as the company, and the people working within it, realise their potential. 

Jo Rabbett

Jo Rabbett

Group Head of Talent

As Group Head of Talent, Jo is responsible for creating a global unified workplace culture which supports Hyve in achieving its ambitions and realising its full potential. Working alongside the Executive leadership, Jo will lead all Group-wide people initiatives and accelerate Hyve’s investment in people, as it evolves into an omnichannel business.

Particular areas of focus for Jo are developing and retaining talent within the business, enhancing reward, celebrating the values and encouraging inclusivity.

Jo joined Hyve in November of 2020, bringing with her 20 years of HR experience. Prior to joining Hyve, Jo held a number of senior and international HR positions in the media industry. Her latest work was providing HR consultancy to DMGT and prior to that she has supported Guardian Media Group, as well as i2i Events Group, where she worked alongside Mark Shashoua and John Gulliver. Most recently though, Jo has been combining her love of travel and food whilst she toured Europe in her converted van.

Jo’s passion lies in nurturing a place of work which celebrates and develops the talent that exists within a business.
Mark Jenkins

Mark Jenkins

Interim General Counsel

Mark is responsible for leading our global legal team and for overseeing our worldwide legal affairs including corporate, commercial, data privacy, compliance, litigation and intellectual property matters. He joined in 2021 to offer interim cover for Hyve's General Counsel, Helen Kennedy-Shamir.
 
Mark’s career spans global law firm White & Case, corporate finance firm Ondra Partners and executive legal roles. Mark brings diverse experience across public and private, multinational, growth and turnaround situations, including at The Co-operative Bank, Domestic & General and most recently a NASDAQ listed biotech. Mark holds a law degree from the University of Oxford.

Mark is passionate about ensuring the legal team is aligned to the value drivers of the business and the power of collaboration to overcome complex problems and create an enjoyable place to work.
Steve Pinches

Steve Pinches

Senior Vice President, Product

Steve joined Hyve in January 2021 – a pivotal moment for the Group as we evolve our omnichannel strategy and enhance our digital capability. As SVP Product, Steve’s focus is on creating a world-class digital experience for customers and developing new and effective ways for them to make connections, learn and do business throughout the year.

Steve has an extensive background in helping organisations across the media, publishing and edtech industries to maximise digital opportunities and create strong digital communities. Most recently, Steve was Chief Operating Officer at Tes Global, a large private equity-owned edtech business with the largest teacher community in the world.

Prior to Tes, Steve has worked at Pearson Education, Skype and the Financial Times launching a raft of category-leading and award-winning digital products and services. Steve is passionate about helping teams to flourish through developing trust and creating a shared excitement in the power of the products they’re building. He has been a regular visitor and exhibitor at Bett and is looking forward to exploring new ways to support customers and facilitate meaningful connections at all Hyve events.

Steve holds an MBA from IE Madrid and a Master’s degree from Warwick University.

Regional Leadership

Dmitry Zavgorodniy

Dmitry Zavgorodniy

General Director, Russia


Dmitry is the Regional Director and the Board Member at Hyve Group Russia. He joined in November 2017.  Dmitry has a track record of top management roles in food-related businesses, such as Tata Global Beverages Eastern Europe, McCain LLC and Mars LLC. At different times between 2012 to 2017 he was the Board Member at Black Earth Farming Ltd, Alma Holding Ltd, and United Meat Group. Dmitry has a master’s degree in International Relations (University of Oriental Studies, Paris, France), as well as Economic and Political Problems of Real Estate Development (Sorbonne University, Paris, France).
Gordon Payne

Gordon Payne

Regional Director, Asia


Gordon is responsible for all operations in Asia and has been with Hyve since February 2017. He has over 20 years of senior leadership experience in major business media companies including UBM (now Informa Markets) where he led their highly successfully business in Amsterdam for eight years. Prior to Hyve, Gordon worked with Mark Shashoua on the acclaimed transformation of Emap connect into i2i Events Group, where he focused on creating the critical international dimension to the business that drove much of i2i’s growth. Gordon has worked extensively in China, India, Latin America, Middle East, USA and Europe and currently lives in Hong Kong.
Kemal Ulgen

Kemal Ulgen

Regional Director Eastern and Southern Europe


Kemal is the Regional Director of Turkey & Ukraine for Hyve Group. Born in Ankara in 1972, Kemal graduated from the Middle East Technical University, Department of Business Administration, and then started his career in 1997 at Procter&Gamble. He assumed various roles in Sales and Marketing before joining BAT as a Commercial Marketing Business Development Manager as of November 2001. After working as the Commercial Marketing Manager of Imperial Tobacco in 2007, Kemal continued his career again at Imperial Tobacco as a Country Manager responsible for the UK, the UAE, Oman and Qatar. After Imperial Tobacco Kemal became General Manager of Herbalife Turkey and in 2018, he joined Hyve Group. Kemal is married and has two children.
Julie Driscoll

Julie Driscoll

Managing Director, UK Retail


Julie joined Hyve in July 2018. Julie brings with her 15 years of experience leading businesses predominantly within the Retail space at Ascential and Emap where she delivered significant UK and international growth across various media including digital, sponsorship, awards, conferences, summits, publishing and large scale exhibitions. Most recently Julie lead the transformation of Pure London whilst completing an MBA from Imperial College Business School where she was awarded the prestigious scholarship for ‘most inspiring business leader’.  Julie is passionate about UK retail and sits on various industry boards and advisory committees such as the AEO, the NEC, the Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry, the Giftware Association and is a judge for the prestigious UK Drapers awards.