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May 13, 2020 33 min

This episode of Lessons from Leaders is brought to you by Smart Meetings, the go-to source of information for meeting and event professionals. For more information on Smart Meetings, please go to

Our guest on this episode is Carina Bauer, the CEO of IMEX Group, which organizes worldwide exhibitions for the incentive travel, meetings and events industry in Europe and the United States. 

After graduating from Oxford University in 1998, Carina began her career in retail and catering, in the newly established GoodBean Coffee – a family owned chain of coffee shops located throughout the South of England. As Managing Director, Carina was in charge of  running the business, which grew to 13 stores in three years and was sold to a publicly listed company in December 2001. She then joined her father Ray Bloom at IMEX and was appointed CEO of the IMEX Group in 2009.  

Throughout her career, Carina has been actively engaged in a variety of roles in the meetings industry including service on numerous boards for associations such as MPI, PCMA and SITE.

In this fascinating and insightful podcast, Carina discusses growing up in the family business, her views on the leadership traits required to run a good business, and candidly shares the behind-the-scenes story of the heart-wrenching decision to cancel the IMEX Frankfurt Show scheduled for May, 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic.


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