IMEX Group CEO, Carina Bauer has been presented with the Outstanding Contribution to the Industry award at the AEO (Association of Event Organisers) Excellence Awards held on June 14.

The award, which is decided by the AEO Board, celebrates someone who’s made an outstanding contribution to the business events industry throughout their career.

Carina was Chair of the AEO Council from September 2021 – March 2023, during which time she worked with the Board to develop and progress AEO’s strategic aims on public affairs, diversity and sustainability as well as supporting young people in the industry. In particular, under Carina’s leadership the Board made a number of specific changes to its Articles of Association to ensure greater diversity and member representation at a Board level for years to come.

Chris Skeith OBE, CEO of the AEO, explains: “Carina was Chair of the AEO during a very challenging period for our industry – her strategic leadership, sound judgment and incredible emotional intelligence was invaluable. In addition, throughout her tenure she was instrumental in driving positive change, which has left a long-lasting legacy for the AEO that will help lead change in the industry. We are hugely grateful for her help and support, and we can’t wait to see what else she’ll achieve for the industry, for IMEX, and personally!”

Carina Bauer, CEO of IMEX, adds: “I’m honored to receive this recognition and immensely grateful to the AEO for choosing me this year. To be included within the roster of names who have come before me is truly humbling. And, having an opportunity to serve the industry on the AEO Board and as Chair was also a huge privilege and learning opportunity. As our industry continues to evolve, the AEO continues to adapt to changing needs from representing the sector within government, to fulfilling our wide-ranging professional development needs and supporting our drive towards a sustainable future. It’s a delight to be a part of such a dynamic organization.”

The Outstanding Contribution to the Industry award was sponsored by RX. The AEO Excellence Awards represent the best that the events industry has to offer, showcasing impressive achievements within the events industry over the past 12 months.

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