Expo manager is first in China to scoop coveted designation

A venue manager has become the first in mainland China to be recognised by an industry body.

Diane Chen, general manager of the Shenyang New World Expo has been awarded the designation of Certified Venue Executive from the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM).

She joins only 310 other CVE’s who have received the certification since 1976 and is the first to do so in mainland China. Eight other venue managers have been awarded their CVE certification this year.

CVE applicants are rated on their experience and accomplishments in public venue management and must successfully complete a comprehensive written essay, written examination and oral interview that tests general knowledge of the public venue management profession. Managers who earn the designation are recognized by those inside and outside the industry as experts in their profession.

“Diane Chen has led EXPO since 2012. Our organization is extremely fortunate to have such a dedicated, highly trained and well-regarded individual in the senior leadership role,” said Cliff Wallace, senior executive advisor to and former chairman of EXPO’s management company.

“The CVE designation is an indication of demonstrated skill in leadership, activity in community affairs, operational successes, and expertise in management of public assembly venues. I am proud that Diane is the first venue executive to receive this respected certification in the PRC.”

IAVM’s board chair Clifford Rippeto said: “I would like to offer my personal congratulations to Ms. Chen. There is no doubt that her hard work and leadership are to be admired within the industry.”

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