By Reed Exhibitions, 30 June, 2020

London, 29 June 2020. Today, Reed Exhibition announces that Alexandra Smyth has been named General Counsel, effective 1st July 2020 and will join the Reed Exhibitions Executive Leadership Team on that date. She replaces Julie Goldweitz, who after 27 years with RELX and Reed Exhibitions, retires on June 30th.

Alexandra has been tasked with uniting and overseeing the global legal function across the company. She will report to Henry Udow, Chief Legal Officer, RELX PLC and Hugh Jones, CEO of Reed Exhibitions.

Joining Alexandra, Allison Young is appointed Deputy General Counsel, Reed Exhibitions and General Counsel, Reed Exhibitions Americas, reporting to Alexandra. In this role, Allison will support Alexandra in overseeing global legal operations and serve as chief legal counsel for the Reed Exhibitions Americas region moving from her role as Associate General Counsel, RELX and Reed Exhibitions US.

Commenting on the appointment, Hugh Jones said: “I’m delighted that Alexandra is joining our team here at Reed Exhibitions, and that Allison is continuing her career with us in an enhanced role. In the midst of a global crisis, it is now more vital than ever that we have a consistent and holistic approach to all our legal questions and concerns, and Alexandra’s experience and deep understanding in many legal areas will be crucial as we navigate the ‘new normal’ and continue to develop our business globally.”

“Julie’s contributions during her career at RELX are too numerous to list. But anyone who has had the good fortune of working with her will know that above all we will miss her quick wit, optimistic outlook, warmth and candour. We wish her well in her retirement.”


Speaking to her announcement, Alexandra Smyth said, “I am delighted to be taking on the role of General Counsel at Reed Exhibitions and really look forward to working with the team, evolving our legal capabilities to help Reed Exhibitions navigate future exciting business opportunities.”

About Alexandra Smyth

Alexandra has been with RELX since 2012, when she became the General Counsel, Corporate and M&A, working alongside the corporate finance team and overseeing the legal aspects of all acquisitions and disposals across RELX globally. This role also expanded to include providing support on RELX corporate structure transactions (such as the corporate simplification involving the merger of the two listed parent companies in 2018) and supporting the RELX treasury function on European and US debt issuances.

Alexandra is well versed in a wide variety of legal issues that can arise across multiple jurisdictions, and is admitted to practice in Australia and England and Wales, and certified by the Board of Examiners in New York.

She is Australian, and currently lives in London, but was born in Greece and throughout her life has also lived in Athens, Chicago, Melbourne and Sydney. Alexandra holds a Bachelor of Finance and an LLB (Hons) from the University of Melbourne. She was named as one of the “35 Women Under 35” in Britain by Management Today in 2015.


About Reed Exhibitions
Reed Exhibitions is a leading global events business. It combines face-to-face with data and digital tools to help customers learn about markets, source products and complete transactions at over 500 events in almost 30 countries across 43 industry sectors, attracting more than 7 million participants.

Our events, organised by 35 global offices, leverage industry expertise, large data sets and technology to enable our customers to generate billions of dollars of revenues for the economic development of local markets and national economies around the world. Reed Exhibitions is part of RELX, a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries.


Source: Reed Exhibitions