New York Comic Con Adds Show Manager

Norwalk, CT, October 22, 2007: New York Comic Con (NYCC) has announced that it has appointed senior staff member Lance Fensterman to the position of Show Manager for NYCC. In his new position, Fensterman will work closely with Greg Topalian, who launched and has been running NYCC since its inception. “I am delighted that we have someone as capable and knowledgeable as Lance to step in and share responsibility for NYCC,” notes Topalian. “Lance has been at Reed Exhibitions for a year and a half and in that short time he has done a remarkable job managing BookExpo America, one of the most visible and high profile shows in Reed's portfolio.”

In making the announcement, officials at Reed Exhibitions, which organizes both NYCC and BEA, note that Topalian has been promoted to Senior Vice President and Fensterman has been promoted to Vice President. Topalian will continue supervising Launch Pad, among other duties, and Fensterman will continue as Event Director for BEA.

“New York Comic Con has experienced exponential growth since its debut in 2006,” Topalian continues. “With this kind of rapid growth, we simply need more experienced resources at the top. The addition of Lance to our NYCC staff allows us to take advantage of the synergy that exists between BEA and NYCC, while at the same time giving us the opportunity to remain committed and focused on the comics and pop culture industries.” Mr. Fensterman is a former bookseller with many years of independent, entrepreneurial work under his belt.

In commenting on his appointment, Fensterman notes: “I am thrilled to have this chance to bring my own vision and commitment to New York Comic Con. I have dedicated myself for the past 18 months to expanding boundaries for BookExpo America and this will be one of my top priorities at NYCC, as well. The modern day convention should offer limitless possibilities and opportunities for access; not only to top creators and talent, but to exclusive and privileged information as well. I see our role as facilitating and enhancing this access, while broadening overall communication within the industry.”

ABOUT REED EXHIBITIONS: New York Comic Con is operated by Reed Exhibitions which is the world's leading events organizer. In 2006 Reed brought together over six million industry professions from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held in 34 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, and organized by 37 fully staffed offices.

Reed organizes a wide range of events, including exhibitions, conferences, congresses and meetings. It's portfolio of over 460 events serves 52 industry sectors, including:
Aerospace and defense, building and construction, design, electronics, energy, oil and gas, entertainment, food and hospitality, gifts, healthcare, IT/telecoms, jewelry, manufacturing, marketing and business services, pharmaceuticals, property, publishing, security, sport and recreation, transport and logistics, travel.

Working closely with professional bodies, trade associations and government departments Reed ensures that each and every event is targeted and relevant to industry needs. As a result, many Reed events are market leaders in their field.

Reed Exhibitions is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, a FTSE-100 company and world-leading publisher and information provider. In 2005, Reed Elsevier made adjusted profit before taxation of £1,002 million on turnover of £5,166 million.

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