Jim Sharpe

Meeting and event technology software provider Aventri announced Tuesday that it has chosen Jim Sharpe as its CEO. Oni Chukwu, the former CEO, has been appointed executive chairman following six years leading revenue growth and global expansion at the company.

“Under Oni’s leadership, Aventri has grown into a formidable organization, providing market-leading solutions to its nearly 2,000 customers worldwide,” said Rich Lawson, chairman of the board of directors. “We’re delighted to have him remain on the board to continue helping to chart the future of the company. We’re also very excited to welcome Jim Sharpe to lead Aventri’s best-in-class executive team and continue to grow Aventri’s footprint in the global meeting and event technology space.”

Sharpe has plenty of managerial experience in high-growth, technology-based businesses, including six years as general manager and managing director of professional education platform Gerson Lehrman Group, as well as CEO of Standard Purification manufacturing business.

“I am thrilled to be joining Aventri at such an exciting time in the company’s history,” Sharpe said. “We are now well-positioned to take advantage of our market leadership to significantly scale the business.”

Aventri made headlines this past year for releasing Aventri Marketplace, a centralized hub for event planners covering everything from budget management to event promotion, and for integrating with Meetingmax room block management, providing planners with a streamlined planning software tool.