PCMA Announces New European Business Leadership


Jaime Bennett appointed Business Director, EMEA

CHICAGO, Illinois, USA – After an extensive global search, PCMA president and CEO Sherrif Karamat, CAE today announced the hiring of European business events industry leader Jaime Bennett as Business Director, EMEA.

Jaime Bennett

Jaime Bennett

“PCMA can and must support business events stakeholders in EMEA as they come to grips with the challenges of post-pandemic recovery”, said Sherrif Karamat. “Jaime is an acknowledged European business events industry leader with EMEA-specific insights and relationships that will ensure PCMA delivers compelling high-value initiatives for our EMEA audiences and partners in the face of today’s marketplace realities.”

Most recently as sales and marketing director of Ireland-based Conference Partners International, Ms. Bennett has been actively involved in the business events industry for over 15 years, building partnerships and delivering events around the globe. As immediate past chair of The Association of Irish Professional Conference Organisers (AIPCO) and through her participation in multiple business tourism groups, she has gained a 360-degree perspective of the business events industry in Europe and beyond.

“The recovery of business events in EMEA will be varied and complex and PCMA can play a vital role for all stakeholders”, said Ms. Bennett. “I will be making collaboration with business event brand and organizational leaders throughout the region my top priority to ensure PCMA is developing products and services to serve the unique needs of our EMEA audiences.”

Ms. Bennett will be based in Killyleagh, County Down, Northern Ireland and will lead PCMA’s EMEA business operations. Her focus will be on the development of a new PCMA EMEA regional business plan in conjunction with PCMA’s EMEA Regional Advisory Board. This includes region-specific events, curated content and education, as well as enhanced stakeholder engagement and the activation of EMEA initiatives outlined in PCMA’s global business events industry recovery plan – Recovery Discovery.

“Jaime is joining PCMA at a challenging time for our industry; but, there is no better time for us to be taking such a positive step forwards by growing the PCMA support in EMEA”, said Robert Bagust BA, CMM Worldwide Congress Manager for Bristol Myers Squibb and PCMA Regional Advisory Board member. “The growth of PCMA in this Region is critically important in our increasingly connected world and I am confident that having Jaime on board will allow ongoing growth of our member services, commercial offerings and overall presence in support of our sector.”

Ms. Bennett will commence her role on September 21st 2020.


For media queries from the Americas, APAC, EMEA, and requests for interviews with Sherrif Karamat, please contact: Meghan Risch, PCMA Chief of Staff, Vice President, Corporate Communications

About PCMA

PCMA, PCMA Foundation and CEMA educate, inspire, and listen, creating meaningful experiences where passion, purpose and commerce come together. We are the world’s largest community for Business Events Strategists, providing senior-level education, networking, and market intelligence for the global business events industry. Our mission is to drive social and economic progress through business events. Headquartered in Chicago, IL PCMA has 17 North American Chapters, regional communities in APAC, EMEA and LATAM, and members in 59 countries. The Corporate Event Marketing Association (CEMA), a PCMA subsidiary, advances strategic event marketing and marketing communications for senior-level event marketers and industry professionals. Visit us at pcma.org.

About PCMA Foundation

The role of the Foundation of PCMA is to support the mission of PCMA through fundraising and grant-giving focused on scholarships, education and research that will advance the business events industry. Annually the Foundation funds over $900K in impact, and since 1985 has funded over 2,500 scholarships, 100 research studies and education programs, and $2.7M in charitable giving.