Emerald Expositions CEO Sally Shankland leaves for health reasons

  • After about half a year in the position
  • Praise, thanks and good wishes for Shankland
  • Brian Field taking over in the interim
  • Search for a successor

(exechange) — San Juan Capistrano, California, December 9, 2019 — Sally Shankland, chief executive of Emerald Expositions, leaves. As announced by Emerald Expositions Events Inc. in a news release and in a regulatory filing published on Monday, December 9, 2019, Sally Shankland leaves her post as Chief Executive Officer at the operator of business-to-business trade shows after about half a year in the role, effective December 31, 2019.

Emerald Expositions will undertake a search for a successor.

Sally Shankland’s duties as CEO will be taken over in the interim by Brian Field, currently Chief Operating Officer of Emerald Expositions Events, Inc., as Interim Chief Executive Officer.

Health reasons

Sally Shankland’s departure from the CEO post is explained as follows. Emerald Expositions said: “Sally Shankland has made the decision, for personal health reasons, to step down from her position as President and Chief Executive Officer at the end of the year and will transition to the new role of Executive Director and Senior Advisor.”


Emerald Expositions said: “On December 3, 2019, Sally Shankland, the Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) and President of Emerald Expositions Events, Inc. (the “Company”), provided notice to the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”), that, effective as of the close of business on December 31, 2019, she is resigning from her positions as CEO and President of the Company and its subsidiaries.”

“Not the result of any disagreement”

“Ms. Shankland indicated that her resignation as CEO and President is entirely for health reasons and is not the result of any disagreement of any sort with the Company on any matter relating to the Company’s operations, policies or practices,” Emerald Expositions said.

Share price decline

The announcement follows a decline in Emerald Expositions Events, Inc.’s share price of 13% since June 2019.

Chaired by Kosty Gilis

Emerald Expositions Events, Inc. is chaired by Kosty Gilis.

In the position of CEO since 2019

Sally Shankland became CEO of the Company in 2019.

Shankland will remain on the Company’s board of directors.

Sally Shankland has been a member of the Board since April 2019 and the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer since June 2019.

Previously, she was a Principal at Astra Terra LLC, her company that provided strategic advisory, consulting and mentoring services.

In 2018, she served as an Interim Executive at Healthline.com, the fastest growing health information site in the world.

Prior to that, Sally Shankland was President of Higher Education for McGraw-Hill, and CEO of UBM Americas, a division of UBM PLC.

Sally Shankland serves as a Leadership Mentor at Menttium Corporation, and holds a certification in Emotional Intelligence Assessment and Coaching from Multi-Health Systems, Inc.

Sally Shankland holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Science, Summa Cum Laude, from San Francisco State University.

A life-long learner, Sally Shankland has participated in Executive Education Programs at Harvard Business School, Duke University, the Cranfield School of Management, and the Cornell Johnson Graduate School of Management.

Push-out Score not determined

When the reason for the departure is health-related, a Push-out Score™ is not determined.

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