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Michael Watton

Michael Watton

Venue Director, Farnborough International Limited

Michael joined the Farnborough International executive team in February 2016 as Venue Director, with specific responsibility for the development of the £30m Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre, which opened in February 2018 and hosted the Farnborough International Airshow in July.  With an events industry career spanning over 25 years, Michael has worked in senior commercial roles in some of the world’s most recognisable venues.

Prior to joining FIL, Michael helped develop venues as diverse as the International Convention Centre and National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, where he became Sales Director in 2006, The Dubai World Trade Centre, where he was Director – Commercial for the venue division, and as Venue Director at the Bluewater event venue in Kent.  During his career, Michael has worked with some of the world’s most prestigious event organisers in all sectors of the industry, including exhibitions, conferences, corporate events, sport and live entertainment.  Michael is also a member of the AEV Board.

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  • THIS IS OUR TIME TO STAND OUT AND CHEER ON OUR COMPANIES.
    ALICE FULTON
    SENIOR SALES, DIVERSIFIED COMMUNICATIONS
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    AUSTEN HAWKINS
    CEO, F2F EVENTS LTD

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