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Paul Thandi is CEO of the NEC Group, one of the world’s top venue management companies.

Since 2006, he’s led a transformation of the business – successfully steering it from public sector ownership with Birmingham City Council to a £307 million management buy-out backed by LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group in 2015.

Harnessing new technology to inform decision-making and provide amazing experiences for visitors has driven Paul’s success.

Most recently, he’s secured record levels of revenue growth by seeking out new opportunities for the Group’s award-winning campus and city centre venues. This includes signing up Merlin Entertainments to open a LEGOLAND Discovery Centre at Arena Birmingham and launch the first Bear Grylls Adventure at the NEC – both going live later in 2018.

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