Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events regional sales manager Cecilia Lavin has been announced as president elect of the International Live Events Association (ILEA) UK chapter.

Cecilia will he handed the presidency next year from the incumbent Carlo Zoccali.

The ILEA is a global network of more than 4,000 event professionals who connect to share ideas and best practice in high production, experiential and creative event design.

Currently vice president for membership, Cecilia first became involved with the ILEA as UK director of membership, a role she held for three years. She has also supported the association as a member of the international membership development committee.

Cecilia joined Sodexo in 2016 when Sodexo Sports & Leisure acquired Peyton Events and the public catering contracts of Peyton & Byrne. Cecilia was responsible for managing client relationships and providing sales support at Peyton Events across a number of London venues.

In her current role at Sodexo, Cecilia is responsible for a range of client venues across the south of England including Farnborough International Events and Conference Centre, IWM London in Waterloo, The Crystal in Royal Victoria Docks and Knebworth House in Hertfordshire.

Cecilia Lavin, ILEA UK president elect and Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events regional sales manager, said: “I’m incredibly honoured to be announced as president elect of ILEA UK. I’m passionate about education in the industry and now being part of Sodexo there’s a fantastic alignment with our global business and the ILEA. I look forward to taking up the presidency next year and really supporting the UK events industry at a country and international level, whilst also putting education and knowledge sharing at the forefront.”

Carlo Zoccali, ILEA UK president and Farnborough International account director, said: “I could not think of anyone I would want more than Cecilia to preside over the association as president of ILEA UK for 19/20.

“Cecilia has always demonstrated a passion for events industry and a massive advocate of ILEA and the work we do to support the conversation around events and the global reach of the association supporting the community of event professionals. Cecilia will have my full support as we work together to drive the association forward.”

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