Aventri Announces Appointment of Jim Sharpe as CEO; Elevates Oni Chukwu to Executive Chairman
NORWALK, Conn., Jan. 07, 2020 – Aventri, 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 day.”
“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 technology space.”
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.