Mary Dolaher is Chief Executive Officer of IDG World Expo, recognized worldwide as a leader in exhibition management, producing more than 750 globally branded conferences and events in 55 countries.
In this role, she leads IDG World Expo's broad suite of industry-leading expo events including E3, Digital Entertainment World (DEW), Anime Expo, KCON, Agenda, CIO 100, IT Roadmap, and hundreds of custom events.
facilitates new business development, with a unique focus on creating market-leading events that feature dynamic year-round communities for attendees within each event industry.
Before joining IDG World Expo in 2006, Dolaher was Senior Vice President at the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), where she planned and managed the video game industry's annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the world's leading interactive entertainment event, from its launch.
was ranked in the top 25 trade shows in the country, and drew over 70,000 attendees and 400 exhibitors.
Prior to her 12 years heading E3, Dolaher was Director of Corporate Communications at IDG, where she managed communications functions for the chairman of the board.
has been named to Expo's top 20 Elite leaders in the trade show industry.
Expo explained, "In the face of ever-higher stakes, these leaders have proven that they have the right stuff when it comes to expanding their shows, by using innovative, new ideas to reach the right audience, with the right message, at the right time.
These 20 EXPO Elite leaders-representing a wide variety of types of shows-continue to assume new responsibilities and effortlessly, expertly drive growth.
also earned a place on the BizBash list of most innovative people in the event industry.
BizBash wrote, "Mary Dolaher
is among the…professionals who stand out as the drivers behind groundbreaking, purpose-driven concepts that shape the way we think about events today.
In addition, Dolaher
was honored by BtoB's
Media Business magazine as the first-ever "Top Innovator" in Events for her
work on E3 Expo
, was recognized by the Women's Image Network
as its inaugural Interactive Industry Achievement Honoree for her
numerous contributions to the video game industry, and was selected as a delegate to the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit.
was several times named one of the top 25 people in the video game industry by Next Generation Magazine
, and was the recipient of American Business Media's inaugural Gertrude Crain award recognizing the achievements of the country's leading female executives.
In addition, she
has been named as one of the 100 most influential people in the exhibition business by Tradeshow Week several times.
The events that Dolaher runs have won numerous awards, including TradeShow Executive's Gold 100
and "Greatest Show on Earth" awards, Expo Magazine's Top 25-Fastest Growth Shows, multiple IAEE "Art of the Show" awards, Trade Show News Network's "Top 250 Trade Shows", and EVENTtech Event Technology awards.
Ms. Dolaher also serves on the Boards of the LA Inc.