NYC & Co. Gets a New CEO

NYC & Co  Fred Dixon 3-14-14 © Julienne SchaerOne of the country’s largest trade show and convention destinations has a new top exec.

Fred Dixon was named CEO of NYC & Company last week, after eight years as executive vice president of market development with the organization. Dixon has  served as interim CEO since former chief, George Fertitta, left in December.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made the announcement at NYC & Co.’s annual meeting at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.

“As I’ve spent time with him, I became as convinced as everyone on the board that this was the right man to lead the future of this great organization,” de Blasio said in remarks at the ceremony. “[NYC & Co. has] set some records in recent years. Fred intends to set some more. I want to encourage that worldview [because] there’s more we can do. We can build on the success. We have so much to offer.”

As one of the top trade show and convention destinations in the U.S., major events drive more than $8.1 billion in economic impact for New York City—an increase of 98 percent since Dixon arrived in late 2005. The number of attendees has risen 30 percent in that time as well.

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