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Jastrem Retires from post as GES president

Dykstra to lead GES while search is conducted

ges-logoViad Corp, based in Phoenix, Ariz., announced on March 22 that John Jastrem, president of its GES business unit, has decided to retire and is leaving the company. Paul Dykstra, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Viad, will assume the role while a replacement search is conducted.

Dykstra served as president and chief executive officer of GES from 2000 to 2006 before being named president and chief executive officer of Viad, the parent company, in 2006. Jastrem will be available to the company on a consulting basis to ensure a smooth leadership transition.

“I would like to thank John for his years of service at Viad. First in leading a turnaround at Exhibitgroup/Giltspur and more recently in consolidating and rebranding GES and Exhibitgroup/Giltspur,” Dykstra said. “We thank him for his leadership in this role and wish him all the best.”

“It has been a great experience for me to lead the team in revitalizing the Exhibitgroup/Giltspur organization by instilling a client-centric and winning culture,” Jastrem added. “I want to thank all of the employees across Viad who have worked so tirelessly over the past several months to create the combined GES organization and I wish them great success.”

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