Lori Silva

Lori joined Emerald in September 2019 and currently serves as Executive Vice President, leading the company’s customer experience strategy and initiatives. Beyond the customer experience oversight, Lori’s team oversees the event operations for Emerald’s portfolio of 150 annual events. Prior to that, Lori served as Executive Vice President with responsibility for the Retail Group. 

Prior to joining Emerald, Lori spent 32 years in a number of progressively senior roles across UBM Americas, a division of UBM plc (now Informa plc) including Managing Director of Advanced Manufacturing Group and Managing Director of Connect NY Group. She is an accomplished leader and committed to getting the best from organizations through strategic focus, organizational design, talent development, acquisitions, and divestitures.  

A passionate advocate for progressing the careers of women, Lori is the recipient of the 2019 BPeace Women Forward Lifetime Impact Award and serves education and event committees for Society of Independent Show Organizer’s Women’s SIG and Women In Exhibitions Network (WIEN). In addition, Lori serves on the board of UFI, The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. 

Lori currently lives in Northern California with her husband and dogs. Her interests include biking, hiking, and spending quality time with her family.