February 01, 2006

Last week, the International Association for Exhibition Management and the China Council for Promotion of International Trade announced a partnership to protect international property rights (IPR) for exhibitions and events held in China. The two groups held an official signing ceremony for the CCPIT-IAEM Declaration of International Property Rights on Jan. 12 in Guangzhou. "China has recognized the need to face the infringement of IPR, which, of course, it has to do in order to maintain their very fast growth and status internationally," said IAEM chairman I.R. Sandy Angus. "We must take one step at a time, and this is a first step."

SmithBucklin, the Chicago-based association-management company, announced on Jan. 25 that Julie Silverstein had been appointed the first woman president in the company's 57-year history. Silverstein will continue to serve as COO, a role she assumed in 2000; she has been at the company since 1987. Henry S. Givray remains as CEO and also has been named to SmithBucklin's board of directors.