Paul Thandi, CEO of the NEC Group, one of the World’s top venue management companies to give a keynote speech at the Signature Awards 2017. Since becoming CEO in October 2006 Paul has rebuilt the company’s brands and reputation, created a new senior management team and transformed the Group into a data-led organisation which has included the launch and evolution of The Ticket Factory, now a challenger brand to Ticketmaster.

The Group now employs 1500 permanent staff and 300 casual workers and delivers more than £2.1 billion annual impact to the regional economy, supporting the full-time equivalent of 29,000 jobs.

Paul has also led the business through a change of ownership. In May 2015, LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group, acquired the NEC Group from Birmingham City Council for £307 million. The deal brought the NEC Group into private ownership for the first time, a transformation which has been realised through its vision ‘bringing live to life’.

Paul is also Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands Lieutenancy.