Following a period of substantial growth, creative technical event production expert Hawthorn has strengthened its sales team with a series of new appointments.
Claire Ledward and Eliot Sargeant have joined the company as business development managers with Ieva Gudaite being welcomed as sales executive. Based in London and the Midlands, the trio bring more than 18 years of sales experience to the business.
Claire brings 12 years of sales experience to the team, spanning a variety of sectors including media, IT, telecoms and the events industry. Prior to joining Hawthorn, Claire worked at a global conference and exhibition company for six years, based out of the Dubai office where she was responsible for launching b2b events in challenging markets around the Middle East and North Africa.
Eliot joins the company from Chillisauce Events where he worked as senior events account manager, working closely with clients from initial enquiry and point of sale through to the event delivery. His love affair with events has led to a business development manager role at Hawthorn, where he’ll be focusing on supporting Hawthorn’s relationships with venues.
Having joined the company in October, Ieva has now firmly settled into her new role as sales executive. Having completed a degree in events management and public relations, Ieva went on to gain three years’ experience within live events, having most recently worked in event sales for a well-known bar chain.
Rachel Waterfield, head of sales & marketing at Hawthorn, said, “We’re delighted to welcome Ieva, Claire and Eliot to the team. 2016 has been a landmark year for the company, which has seen an unprecedented level of growth and investment. By strengthening our sales department, we’re able to ensure we continue to provide the exceptional level of support our expanding client base have learnt to expect from us.”