Women in Exhibitions Network (WIEN) has its first executive director of the global women's group. Joining the organisation effective November 1 is Sonia Thomas. Thomas has been deeply involved in the management of global associations for over twenty years, most recently as the COO of UFI. With sponsorship support from several industry organisations, including MAD Event Management LLC, Messe Düsseldorf North America, and Visit Detroit, the newly created position will allow WIEN to expand and evolve. WIEN founder Oona Cipca says: "We are proud that she is taking this role and working with us on bringing the Women in Exhibitions Network forward." Thomas says: "My priorities will be to grow and enhance the network. Some progress has been made, but there is still work to be done. And of course, men have a role to play, here too, in increasing female representation and in fostering diversity and inclusion". Women in Exhibitions Network was officially launched in 2018 with the aim of supporting the continued professional development of women working in exhibitions and providing opportunities for them to meet and network. There are currently six international chapters operating, with new ones expected to form in 2023.