the leading meeting and event technology software provider, today
announced Jim Sharpe has been appointed Chief Executive Officer. Oni
Chukwu has been elevated to Executive Chairman for Aventri after leading
the company as CEO for the past six years, during which he oversaw
accelerated revenue growth, product maturation and global expansion.
“It’s been one of the great honors of my career to have had the
opportunity to lead this company and this wonderful team at such a
pivotal time,” said Chukwu. “I am proud of what we’ve accomplished and
humbled by the dedication and passion that Aventrians bring to it every
“Under Oni’s leadership Aventri has grown into a formidable
organization, providing market-leading solutions to its nearly 2000
customers worldwide,” said Rich Lawson, chairman of the board of
directors. “We’re delighted to have him remain on the board to continue
helping to chart the future of the company. We’re also very excited to
welcome Jim Sharpe to lead Aventri’s best-in-class executive team and
continue to grow Aventri’s footprint in the global meeting and event
Sharpe brings extensive executive experience in high-growth
technology-enabled businesses. Prior to joining Aventri, Sharpe spent
six years as GM and Managing Director at Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG), the
leading platform for connecting top professionals for sharing expertise.
He managed the firm’s largest and most profitable business unit,
Financial Services, greatly expanding the user base toward revenue north
of $200 million. Prior to GLG, Sharpe was CEO of Standard Purification,
a PE-backed manufacturing business where he led the growth, expansion
and successful exit to a strategic buyer.
“I am thrilled to be joining Aventri at such an exciting time in the
company’s history,” said Sharpe. “We are now well positioned to take
advantage of our market leadership to significantly scale the business.
I look forward to working with the Aventri team, and especially our
customers, to continue to innovate and deliver the best solution and
experience in the industry.”
Aventri is a global leader in data-driven end-to-end event and meeting
management solutions. Their award-winning SaaS platform and
best-in-class service offerings have enabled over 40,000 event
professionals to plan, promote, deliver, measure and optimize over
90,000 events annually. Aventri’s fully integrated platform’s
capabilities include venue sourcing, registration, marketing, logistics,
onsite services, attendee engagement and data analytics. Headquartered
in the United States, the company has offices in the United Kingdom,
Europe, and Asia Pacific and has delivered customer events in over 120
countries. Aventri is a portfolio company of private equity firm HGGC.
Learn more at aventri.com.