GainingEdge appoints new CEO as founder steps into exec chairman role

Jon Sivertson has been appointed as CEO of GainingEdge, with founder and former CEO Gary Grimmer taking a new role as executive chairman.

“This is partly about future succession planning and partly about reorganisation,” Grimmer said.

“Jon is the right person to strengthen our management, bring in new perspectives and to give us broader global connections. I wanted someone who could help our team to take GainingEdge to the next level, while focussing my own time in areas where I feel I can make the most difference for the company and for the industry in general.”

Sivertson was formerly with global consultancies PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG.

“GainingEdge supported us on a convention centre-related project in Hong Kong, and as I grew to know them I found their industry leadership and mission focus very appealing,” Sivertson said.

“Most of my past work was on the developer side of the equation – both governments and private investors. While GainingEdge does a lot of that specifically in relation to convention centres, it has a broader focus on all aspects of destination and association development.

“It is a very important global industry that impacts many people in a variety of sectors and has a great deal of potential for further growth and impact. I’m excited to get to be a part of that, and to have the opportunity to lead an outstanding and very experienced team.”