WASHINGTON D.C. (5 February, 2014) – Eddy Duquenne, Chief Executive Officer of Kinepolis Group, will receive the “Global Achievement Award in Exhibition” as part of the convention’s International Day, it was announced today by Mitch Neuhauser, Managing Director of CinemaCon. CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), will be held 24 – 27 March, 2014 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Duquenne is set to receive his achievement award during the convention’s International Day festivities, taking place on Monday, 24 March, 2014.
Incorporated in 1997, Kinepolis offers film and culture fans “the ultimate movie experience,” Kinepolis operates 23 multiplexes and 317 screens throughout Belgium, Frances, Spain, Switzerland and Poland. The Kinepolis concept has always been characterized by a constant drive to innovate and focus on customers. Kinepolis is a trendsetter. In terms of technology, this has led to high-tempo digitalization, the rollout of 3D cinema and mobile ticketing. As a leading film-exhibition company in Europe, Kinepolis welcomes over 21 million moviegoers annually and employs over 1,800 employees. Additionally, Kinepolis is active in film distribution, event organization, screen advertising and cinema property management.
“Eddy Duquenne is a principle example for displaying commitment towards creating innovative concepts and concentrating on establishing Kinepolis’ as the leading film exhibition for the ultimate film and culture fans ,” said Neuhauser. “His time spent at Kinepolis has made a tremendous impact on the film-exhibition industry and movie-goer experience and we couldn’t be more thrilled to honor Eddy Duquenne as this year’s CinemaCon ‘Global Achievement Award in Exhibition’.”
As CEO of Kinepolis Group, Duquenne stands six years as a pioneer for Kinepolis” strategic framework for the future. Combining his gained expertise in the financial circuit, tourism industry and real-estate management, Duquenne aims to become the best marketer for the film-exhibition industry. Since his arrival in 2008, Duquenne has devoted time for continuous improvement in operating processes and diversification of turnover through the sale of food, beverages and retail, expanding B2B activities, film distribution and on-screen advertising. Additionally, Duquenne played a significant role in the success of maintaining the increase in the turnover and profits for Kinepolis Group. Currently, he is working on expanding the Kinepolis group beyond Europe.
CinemaCon will attract upwards of 5,000 motion picture professionals from all facets of the industry –from exhibition and distribution, to the equipment and concession areas – all on hand to celebrate the moviegoing experience and the cinema industry. From exclusive Hollywood product presentations highlighting a slate of upcoming films, to must-see premiere feature screenings, to the biggest stars, producers and directors, CinemaCon will help jumpstart the excitement and buzz that surrounds the summer season at the box office.
CinemaCon is delighted to have both the International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA) and National Association of Concessionaires (NAC) as its tradeshow partners. CinemaCon is also delighted to have as its official presenting sponsor, The Coca-Cola Company, one of the industry’s greatest and highly regarded and respected partners in the world of the movies.
The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) is the largest exhibition trade organization in the world, representing more than 31,450 movie screens in all 50 states, and additional cinemas in 78 countries worldwide. NATO’s membership includes the largest cinema chains in the world and hundreds of independent theatre owners, too.
Additional information on CinemaCon, the Official Convention of NATO, can be found at www.cinemacon.com.
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