Rowlands succeeds John French, whose planned departure was announced in July.
During Rowlands’ time at Thomson Financial, she helped guide its transformation into a global financial information and technology company. “We are thrilled that Sharon has chosen to join Penton, completing our plans to assemble a best-in-class management team to move the company forward,” Tyler Zachem, co-chairman of Penton Media, said in a statement. “Sharon is an acknowledged leader in the media industry with unparalleled experience in transforming business information assets into leading franchises.”
Rowlands added: “I am delighted to join Penton’s talented management team and lead the company into the next phase of growth for its exceptional portfolio of brands and franchises. I am looking forward to working alongside Wasserstein & Co and MidOcean Partners to leverage these assets and further build Penton into a global leader in the business information industry.”