Devine is out as Basel Show manager after five months

William Devine, after only five months, is no longer show manager of the Basel watch and jewelry fair, the world’s largest such trade show. The fair is held annually in Basel, Switzerland and attracts thousands of exhibitors and tens of thousands of visitors from around the world.

Reports that Devine had left the job circulated at the recent Hong Kong Watch and Jewelry Show (Sept. 25-29), when he was absent for previously scheduled appointments there. His name and picture no longer appear on the staff section of the Basel Fair management Web page.

A spokesman for the Basel Fair management, Herbert Siegert, confirmed Devine’s departure. Devine, he said on Oct. 4, “has decided to pursue other projects and will no longer be acting as Basel show manager.” The Basel management gave no reason for Devine’s departure. Devine himself couldn’t be reached.

Another spokesman for the Basel Show says there are no plans now to fill the post of show manager of the watch and jewelry fair before the 2003 BASEL show (Apr. 3 -10).

In other Basel news, some 90% of the space in its Zurich exhibition halls has been booked. In 2003, the show management is dividing the show, using what it calls a “one show, two locations” concept, sending exhibitors of its country pavilions to what it calls the “Hall of the Universe” in a new Zurich, Switzerland, convention facility, owned by the show’s parent firm.