Clarion Gaming's Head of Exhibitions Steps Down

9 February 2009

Following the conclusion of a successful Amusement Trades Exhibition, or ATEI, and launch of the International Gaming Expo, Clarion Gaming’s Karen Cooke has announced her decision to step down as head of exhibitions.

Ms. Cooke ends a nine-year association with the exhibitions, the last four of which she spent at the helm of the shows.

“Professionally, 2009 was a very successful show, and I feel comfortable that now is the right time to take some time out and recharge the batteries,” Ms. Cooke said in a prepared statement. “I will then be taking up another role within the gaming industry.”

Peter Rusbridge, Clarion Gaming's chief executive, said in a statement that he is sad to see Ms. Cooke leave.

“She played a central role in smoothing the integration of the shows into the Clarion portfolio and was pivotal in the development and successful launch of the International Gaming Expo,” he said. “But she is leaving the shows in the capable hands of the existing and highly experienced team, which has already commenced planning for 2010.”