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Shane Hannam

Shane Hannam

Managing Director, Montgomery Group

Shane has more than 20 years’ experience of working in the global travel and events industries. After a period in financial conference sales straight after university, Shane joined the international sales team at Reed Exhibitions, where he worked across multiple events and industries.

In 2006, he got his first taste of the business events industry when he moved to Reed Travel Exhibitions as Sales Manager for Europe and the Middle East.  With this strong commercial grounding and knowledge of both international and domestic markets, Shane then progressed through various key roles, including Sales Director at Reed Exhibitions, a role which included the creation and roll out of the Global Key Account Management Programme at Reed Travel Exhibitions. Shane was a group commercial lead for space and non space revenues across global travel events brands such as WTM, IBTM and ILTM. Shane held this position for four years before taking on the role of Portfolio Director at IBTM in June 2018.

This was a senior role spearheading the world’s leading global business events portfolio, comprising five events in multiple regions. Responsibilities included full multi-million-pound P&L responsibility, strategic direction, team leadership of 50 plus team members across three continents, driving the portfolio through industry thought leadership and driving commercial goals across all events in all regions and the portfolio. Further responsibilities focussed on brand and marketing strategy. In this role, Shane was tasked with turning around an underperforming business to one that achieved highest growth and commercial success in 10 years.

In September 2021, Shane joined Montgomery Group, initially on a short-term contract, to lead the Montgomery Events Division.

Shane is married, with two children. He is a very keen cyclist, junior football coach and enjoys cooking, travel and gastronomy.  


  • The AEO Awards is great at bringing the community and the industry all together
    Carolyn Mason
    Director, Experience Staff
  • It is so much fun to have a day out with the industry and to just talk to everyone that loves it and is so passionate about it
    Nico Stanford
    Senior Sales Manager, Olympia London
  • I wanted to congratulate you both, and the wider AEO team, on such a fantastic awards ceremony last week. I have not attended the AEO Awards for several years, and perhaps I forgot just how much of a special day it is… it was incredibly well organised, and it was such a wonderful occasion.
    Ashley Roberts
    Managing Director, CONNECT
  • What a fantastic AEO Awards last Friday; such a buzz and a brilliant afternoon all round. Thank you all for putting on such a fabulous event. What Else Events will be back next year with an even stronger case. For now, being a Finalist is a major achievement in such a competitive category.
    Tim Else
    Founder & Managing Director, What Else Events
  • It was lovely to see you and the team and we had a fantastic night thank you! Everything looked incredible and it was a great event to be part of. Thank you
    Becky Oldham
    Marketing Manager, NEC Group


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