Penton Promotes Chris Keating to Vice President and Market Leader of the Restaurant Group

Brings Proven Track Record to Grow Restaurant Group Franchise

Jul 17, 2014, 09:00 ET from Penton

NEW YORK, July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Penton, a leading professional information services company, today announced that Chris Keating has been promoted from Publisher to Vice President and Market Leader of the Restaurant Group.  In this position Keating will be responsible for Nation's Restaurant News (NRN), Restaurant Hospitality, Food Management, and the MUFSO Conference add link. Keating will report to Dan Bagan, Senior Vice President, Penton.

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Penton's Restaurant Group provide owners, operational and unit managers, chefs, foodservice directors and executive decision-makers in the food industry with the business intelligence they need to stay competitive. Penton's industry experts cover all segments of the food service industry, from commercial to noncommercial, and from QSR to fine dining, delivering exceptional trend analysis, timely news, peer-to-peer learning, food and new product information and consumer insights.

"Chris has had an impressive track record in his current role and will continue to be a tremendous asset to the company in his new role. Our custom and digital business has grown dramatically under his leadership, and he'll now be applying that leadership more directly to our content initiatives.  We are very excited to welcome him to this new position," said Bagan.

Keating spent nearly 20 years at United Business Media in a variety of roles, including as Vice President and Group Publisher of the Business Technology Group.  He oversaw brands covering a range of technology verticals, including computer security, telecommunications, and database markets.  Keating joined NRN in 2008, and came to Penton when it acquired NRN in 2010.  

Richard Price, currently Digital Sales Director for the Restaurant Group, will lead the sales team and will report to Keating.  Price has 20 years of experience and has worked at various consumer and business-to-business companies in audience development and business development, including as the National Sales Director at Crain Communications.

"There are few people who understand the intersection of audience, marketer and technology as well as Richard.  I am looking forward to working closely with him to grow the Restaurant Group portfolio," said Keating.     

About Penton
Penton drives performance for more than sixteen million professionals each and every day. They rely on us to deliver: Insights, information & workflow tools to inform critical business decisions; networking & community to engage them with industry peers & partners; and data & marketing services to advance their business performance & deliver ROI. They look to Penton to power the possibilities.

Penton is a growth company with a track-record of strong performance and success and is backed by its co-owners: MidOcean Partners and U.S. Equity Partners II, an investment fund sponsored by Wasserstein & Co., LP.

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