Angle's most recent roles include deputy chairman of Le Meridien Hotel Group and chairman of The Waste Recycling Group.
His appointment signals the completion of the senior management restructure at the Midlands venue, which began with the promotion of Paul Thandi to chief executive following Andrew Morris' decision to step down (Event, October). Morris was widely believed to have been in contention for the chairman position as the non-executive nature of the post suited his desire to spend more time with his family.
As chairman, Angle will be responsible for the group board and external stakeholder relations. Talking exclusively with Event he insisted he would bring a wide range of disciplines to the role. "While I have the financial heritage I have a broad business background from my days in investment banking and senior board-level posts across a broad range of sectors," he said.
"I have a strong international background from previous appointments and will increasingly look at the European event business beyond the national boundaries."
Mike Whitby, leader of Birmingham City Council, which owns the venue, said: "The pairing of Paul Thandi and Martin Angle will be extremely beneficial to the NEC Group. The next phase of the NEC's development will see it launch some bold services and products. With Thandi's detailed understanding of the market and Martin's broad business experience, we expect to see significant additional growth from the group."