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EnsembleIQ bolsters events team with Ed Several

The former leader of the National Hardware Show joins HBSDealer’s parent company.

BY HBSDealer Staff

EnsembleIQ, the parent company of HBSDealer, hired Ed Several as executive VP of events and conferences. He will have responsibility for all aspects of the company’s extensive portfolio of events and conferences across a breadth of industries, including retail, technology, hospitality and healthcare.

Several joins EnsembleIQ from Reed Exhibitions, where he served as senior vice president, Americas, and for several years played a prominent role as the lead of the National Hardware Show. Having spent 15 years at Kraft Foods prior to joining Reed, he brings a unique combination of classical consumer packaged good training along with 14 years of leading events such as the PGA Merchandise Show, Global Gaming Expo (G2E), International Security Conference (ISC) and BookExpo, as well as NHS.

“I am honored to join the extremely talented team at EnsembleIQ and start a new journey in creating valuable, face-to-face platforms to enable our customers to solve big problems and inspire bold ideas,” said Several. “The well-established brands, vast access to unique shopper insights and loyal audiences attracted me to this opportunity. I look forward to meeting and working side-by-side with our customers to develop the best approaches for growing their businesses.”

“Our events are always built with our valued community in mind, with the goal of bringing the entire ecosystem of key players together to solve the industry’s biggest problems,” said David Shanker, CEO at EnsembleIQ. “With Ed Several, we know we’ve hired a true event savant and the best the industry has to offer.”

EnsembleIQ acquired Lebhar-Friedman – including HBSDealer – in a deal that was announced this summer. EnsembleIQ is a business intelligence resource structured to serve the business-to-business needs of retailers, consumer goods manufacturers, technology providers, hospitality and healthcare professionals, marketing agencies and retail service providers.

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