Shake-up hits Emap

Emap Retail divisional managing director David Metcalfe has

dismissed suggestions that former Emap Fashion managing director Neshat

Ahmed was sacked from her job.

Metcalf has appointed former Emap Elan Enterprises managing director

Steve Newbold to take over from Ahmed.

Newbold said: "It's a good time to join Emap Fashion and my first role

was to talk to the buyers and exhibitors at our August shows at


We will be looking closely at the strategy for next year and there are

many new ideas which may come to fruition."

Newbold left Emap's contract publishing division after only six


Ahmed was promoted to the role of managing director in May and claims

she is now taking a career break.

"Neshat had been with the company for 12 years and felt it was time to

move on and take a break. She didn't serve a notice period. We just came

to a mutual decision that she wouldn't have to," Metcalfe said.

Speculation over Ahmed's departure intensified when she failed to turn

up to help judge the Marketing Event Awards. Six days earlier, at the

Association of Exhibition Organisers Excellence Awards, she had been

discussing her plans for Emap Fashion.

Ahmed states that she will return to work in the exhibition industry in

January 2002. Her new role is thought to include elements of fashion,

working beyond the UK.

"I have achieved everything I wished to achieve," she said. "There was

no fashion exhibition side to the business when I joined 12 years ago

and it now stands at 58,000 sq m, which was achieved through organic


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