Informa Global Exhibitions, which owns and promotes many boat shows, has promoted Andrew Doole to president of U.S. Boat Shows, which include the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Miami Yacht Show, Palm Beach International Boat Show, the St. Petersburg Boat Show and the Suncoast Boat Show in Sarasota.
Doole has worked in boat show production for 36 years, most recently as vice president and general manager of U.S. Boat Shows for Informa. He started in the industry in 1982 when he moved from London to Florida and joined Show Management, where he rose from vice president of sales to chief operating officer. Informa bought Show Management in 2017 and named Doole vice president/general manager of U.S. boat shows.
“As the global leader in yacht show production, Informa values the extraordinary knowledge and industry relationships that Andrew Doole brings to our U.S. Boat Shows,” Ken McAvoy, executive vice president of corporate development for Informa Exhibitions, said in a statement. “Andrew’s vast experience in the many aspects of boat show production, coupled with his leadership skills, are invaluable assets to our boat show business as we continue to innovate, invest and expand.”
In his new role, Doole is responsible for overall coordination of the shows including government relations, industry partnerships, exhibitor relationships, sales, production and strategies for future growth. Informa’s U.S. boat shows division is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale and has a full-time staff of 60 that grows to 200 during events.
“I assume the position of president of Informa’s U.S. Boat Shows with a strong sense of optimism about the company’s future,” said Doole in a statement. “These exhibitions are considered the best in the world because of Informa’s commitment to innovation and constant improvement.”