Reed Midem has announced that CEO Paul Zilk will step down from his role at the global business event organiser. He will be succeeded by Michel Filzi, who is President/CEO of sibling company Reed Expositions France. The change will become effective from October 1st.
“We are grateful to Paul for his leadership and success in building strong brands that have served customers worldwide in continuously-evolving industries,” Dominic Feltham, EMEA President for Reed Exhibitions, said. “Michel Filzi is an experienced leader, and I am confident he will do an excellent job as the new head of Reed Midem.”
Zilk will take on an advisory role to Feltha for the next 12 months. He joined Reed Midem in 2001. During his time working for the conglomerate, he helped expand the company’s portfolio of real estate, television, music, and eSports.
Some of the real estate events he widely contributed to are MIPIM and MAPIC, and entertainment events MIPCOM, MIPTV, and MIDEM.
“I am immensely proud of Reed Midem. We have a talented multicultural team and many wonderful partners and clients,” Zilk said. “The past 19 years have been terrific, but this is the right time to refocus my interests and energies. Following lots of preparation in recent months, I look forward to helping Michel with our transition.”
Filzi has worked at Reed Expositions France for 20 years, 6 years as CEO. The company organises more than 30 events in 15 different sectors, such as building, hospitality, transport, environment, and art. Filzi will remain in his position as president and will continue to report to Feltham.
“Reed Midem has always been an innovative organizer of leading, premium quality international events for business leaders,” Filzi added. “With Paul’s support, I am really looking forward to working with the outstanding Reed Midem team to create new opportunities to deliver exceptional value for our customers.”