Rhiannon James

Co-Founder and COO, Industrial Exchange

Rhiannon is Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Industrial Exchange. She is a senior executive with a long track record of successfully launching and operating business-to-business information services, data products, events and media companies. She has extensive commercial experience in leading global teams across multiple disciplines, including sales, marketing, operations, event management and editorial.

Prior to founding Industrial Exchange, Rhiannon held various leadership roles at IHS Markit, including Executive Director with commercial responsibility for the Maritime & Trade data business in the Americas and for global advertising and event sponsorship revenues. Rhiannon was also Managing Director of Media & Events at IHS Markit and led the turnaround and subsequent growth of the Maritime & Trade events, advertising and subscription solutions. She oversaw the growth and expansion of the world’s largest container shipping conference, TPM in Long Beach, and the re-invention of The Journal of Commerce as a digital subscription and event-focused business. Rhiannon was Chief Operating Officer at JOC Group and part of the management team who successfully transitioned the business from private equity ownership under Axio Holdings to IHS Inc.

Rhiannon has held various senior positions within UBM (now part of Informa), including Executive Vice President at UBM Global Trade and Senior Vice President at RISI, where she was based in Brussels, Belgium for 15 years. Originally from Wales, Rhiannon holds a first class, joint honors degree in French and Spanish from the University of Nottingham in the UK.