Our Chief Executive Officer Eric Everard is one of Belgium’s most successful and prominent entrepreneurs. He founded Artexis in Belgium in 1997 and Easyfairs International in 2004. The two companies merged into a single Group in 2014, with two international divisions: Artexis (venues management) and Easyfairs (events management). He is also a non-executive director of BNP Paribas Fortis Brussels and a board member of BECI, the Brussels Enterprises Commerce and Industry Chamber of Commerce.
In 2013, Everard was elected Belgian Manager of the Year.
In addition, Everard serves as a board member of the Mimi Ullens foundation and the 100,000 Entrepreneurs. He is an Honorary President and board member at UFI, The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, having served as President in 2011 following his election at UFI’s 77th conference in Singapore. He is also an active member of Belgium’s Young Presidents' Association (YPO).
From 1997 to 2000 Everard was Partner and Associate Director with the KI Partners Group, an advertising agency and call centre operator. He was previously a director with Reed Midem, Paris, where he was responsible for the events MIPTV and MIPCOM. From 1991 to 1996 Everard was General Director at Reed Exhibitions Benelux (part of the Reed Elsevier Group) where he was in charge of events such as Salon Européen de l’Etudiant, Jedifa, Mediaplanet, and Eurantica.
Everard founded the Belgian student magazine Univers-Cité et Kampus in 1986 and, based on its success, the European Student Fair. In 1988 he launched the Student Welcome Pack in Europe (a two million copy sampling business). He has a degree in Applied Economics from the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL).