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Les Weir

Les Weir

Corporate Development

Les Weir joined EmeraldX in 2022 running Corporate Development where he is responsible for leading the company’s M&A initiatives across multiple industry verticals.

He has more than two decades of experience in taking an entrepreneurial approach to developing and executing strategic market entries. He joined EmeraldX from Reed Exhibitions where he ran Corporate Development for the Americas building the largest exhibition businesses in Brazil and Mexico.

Prior to Reed, he held a strategic brand development management position at Bass Leisure Retail and was a member of the management buy-out team for ScotRail Railways.

Les attended Strathclyde University where he received both a BA in Economics and an MBA with a specialism in scenario planning and strategic planning. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

He is an active member volunteer for various charities in the Fairfield Connecticut community where he lives with his wife, two dogs, and two cats.


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