All change at Ashfield as Nicola Burns is replaced as global MD

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It's all change at the top at Ashfield Meetings & Events with three new appointments to the board, including a new global MD to replace Nicola Burns, who has left the business.

Jason Erickson is the new global MD at the healthcare event management business, replacing Burns, who had served in the role since 2013. Burns has left the business to pursue other opportunities.

Erickson joins Ashfield Meetings & Events having successfully run Ashfield Commercial and Patient Solutions in Canada for the past seven years, where he gained leadership experience and grew the Canadian commercial offering.

Former global MD Nicola Burns

“I’m delighted to have joined Ashfield Meetings & Events at such an exciting time for the organisation,” said Erickson. “The company has been on a strong growth journey under the leadership of Nicola Burns; they’re winning awards for their exhibit booth designs, are highly-regarded for their research with healthcare professionals, and their talented employees deliver an impressive 2,500 global meetings and events for healthcare businesses each year. Our global leadership team is made up of experienced leaders with extensive strategic and operational expertise, and I’m excited about continuing to grow and develop Ashfield Meetings & Events.”

Alongside Erickson, Steve Sanders has joined as global finance director and Danisa Frentiu has been appointed as global senior director of human resources.

Sanders joins from leading medical device business, Hillrom, where his most recent role was director of business operations. He has more than 20 years of experience working in finance management and leadership roles. Frentiu joined Ashfield in Canada in 2013, where her focus has been on driving the talent agenda. She has more than 15 years’ HR experience and will be focused on further developing the business's people-based culture.

The three appointments join the global leadership team at Ashfield Meetings & Events, where UK-based Penny Callaghan takes a lead role as director of operations and business support services, which includes operational direction in Europe and Asia. In addition, engagement director Jo Brook plays a role in leading the strategic growth around the business, which will focus on the continuous evolution of creative services.

CEO US Gavin Houston will continue to lead Ashfield Meetings & Events’ services and growth in the US and senior vice president of client operations Laura Brown will continue to focus on the business’s operations for Ashfield’s US clients. Former global MD Nicola Burns has left Ashfield to pursue other opportunities, having been at the helm for a significant period of continued growth and success for the healthcare events agency.

Paul Harvey
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M&IT editor Paul Harvey is a journalist with more than 15 years of experience. He began his career in the local press, working for various titles across the north. Since joining M&IT in 2013, he has become a trusted and respected voice in the sector, championing event professionals and reporting on all aspects of the events industry for the brand.

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