IRCE owner names a director to drive growth

January 29, 2013 12:44 PM

The company that bought IRCE and other Internet Retailer conferences last fall has named a new director to help expand the e-commerce events that carry the Internet Retailer brand.

GLM today named Craig Dooley to the newly created position of senior vice president and group show director for the IR Events Group. He will manage the Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition (IRCE), the Internet Retailer Mobile Marketing & Commerce Forum and the Internet Retailer Web Design & Usability Conference.

Dooley will also lead the expansion of the Internet Retailer-branded events through co-locations with GLM shows, such as the planned Internet Retailer event at the Surf Expo show in September, and anticipated IRCE-style events in North America, Asia and Europe, GLM says.

Vertical Web Media sold the Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition business to GLM in November so that it could focus all of its energies on the global expansion of Internet Retailer’s media and research businesses, which it retained, says Jack Love, chairman of Vertical Web Media, which publishes Internet Retailer magazine, the IRNewsLink newsletter, operates and produces the Top 500 Guide and other directories. As part of that sale, Vertical Web Media entered into a long-term agreement to provide agenda development, speaker recruitment and marketing services to support GLM’s IR Events Group as it moves to expand the shows in the U.S. and internationally.

“The appointment of a show director of Craig Dooley’s caliber provides further evidence to us and to the e-commerce market of GLM’s strong commitment to expanding IR events in the U.S. and around the world,” says Love. “We look forward to working with Craig and his IR Events team as we both work to expand the Internet Retailer brand globally, with VWM focused on media and research products and GLM focused on events.”

Dooley will start his new job Feb. 4 and report to GLM CEO Charles McCurdy. The rest of the IR Events Group will remain in place.

"We are excited to welcome Craig to the senior management team at GLM," says McCurdy. "His extensive knowledge of the events business, from both the conference and exhibition perspectives, as well as his deep experience within both the vendor-to-retailer world and the technology space, will be integral to realizing the full potential of the IR Events Group. GLM aims to enhance efficiencies in the sourcing, sales and distribution of specialty merchandise throughout the supply chain, and Craig will play a key role in supporting this mission."

"As the nation's largest conference and exhibition devoted to e-commerce developments and technologies, the IR Events brand holds a critical, leading position among both tech and business audiences," Dooley says. "I am excited to work with Charlie and the GLM team to build upon the success of these events and develop new resources that serve the evolving needs of retailers and consumers. Our ongoing collaboration with Vertical Web Media, producer of Internet Retailer-branded publications, web sites, e-newsletters, and data products, gives us particularly compelling market coverage."

Dooley’s background includes six years with MMPI, a division of Vornado Realty Trust, which operates 90 trade and consumer shows in the U.S. and Canada. He left MMPI in 2011 as senior vice president of strategy and communications. He most recently was executive director of Top Box Foods, a nonprofit hunger relief organization.

IRCE, the world’s largest e-commerce event, attracted more than 8,600 people in June 2012. IRCE 2013 will take place in Chicago June 4-7.




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