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Douglas Emslie

Douglas Emslie

Group Chief Executive, Tarsus Group plc
United Kingdom

Douglas Emslie is Group Chief Executive of Tarsus Group plc. He has been in the exhibition industry for over 20 years and joined Tarsus when it launched in 1998. Prior to joining Tarsus he held senior management positions at Blenheim Group Plc and after its takeover, United Business Media plc. Over the past 3 years, he has led Tarsus' move to grow its business in the emerging markets (China, Middle East, Turkey, Latin America and South East Asia) where it now generates over 50% of its revenues. He is a past Chairman and remains a Director, of the Association of Event Organisers (AEO) as well as past Chairman of the Events Industry Alliance. He is also the first international board member of the US industry trade body – SISO and a member of its Executive Committee. In addition, Douglas was a founding member of the International Organiser Network (ION), a joint AEO and SISO group. He has recently joined the Board of SISO.


  • “Without a doubt the most valuable three days of the year for networking, learning, and meeting colleagues.”
    Tony Calanca, Calanca & Associates LLC
  • “Two of the best acquisitions Access Intelligence had executed came directly from contacts and discussions held at the SISO CEO Summit. Beyond that important networking for transactions, I learn best practices from the best in the industry. The ROI for membership is immeasurable.”
    Don Pazour, CEO, Access Intelligence
  • “The impact of SISO is so much bigger than its size. It feels more like a global council of important tribes than a traditional trade association.”
    David Adler, CEO & Founder, Bizbash Media
  • “Our industry thrives on the personal relationships that face-to-face builds, and the CEO Summit is the ultimate place to build YOUR network!”
    Tom Mitchell, President, Messe Dusseldorf North America
  • “As busy, independent, for-profit organizer, SISO keeps our company connected to all the key players working in this industry and allows great relationships and ongoing learning of best practices from the best in the business. All invaluable assets to help move our business forward."
    Howard Hauben, CEO, H2 Events
  • “The SISO membership represents the entire for-profit tradeshow community and the annual SISO conferences are must-attend events for their educational and networking value.”
    Joel A. Davis, Founder & CEO, JD Events
  • Being a member of SISO has allowed me to navigate the dynamic landscape of our industry in the most effective way possible. Personally, it’s been a journey of continuous learning, networking, and collaboration that fosters deep relationships with industry leaders. Professionally, the insights I’ve gained, the resources I have accessed, and the collaborative initiatives and advocacy work have helped to take my organization to new heights. SISO, to me, is an indispensable asset for my career and business.
    Liz Irving, President, Clarion Events