John Denton, the managing director of the live communication and events agency, Parallel Blue, has decided to step down from the role for 26 years.

Paul Martin, currently business development director, will take over as managing director with immediate effect and will be responsible for the company’s ambitious ongoing growth strategy.

Denton formed the company in 1991 as Compass Event Management and has worked with many companies and industries over the years, delivering world class events and experiences.

Denton said: “While it is a very sad day for me to leave the company I began all those years ago, I can look back with incredible pleasure on the fantastic times I, my colleagues and of course our clients have had. The moment is right for me to depart and spend more time doing the things I love such as sailing, travelling and of course indulge my passion for food and wine. I leave with Parallel Blue having a bright future ahead of it and I wish everyone all the very best.”

Martin commented: “We are very sorry to see John go; his customer centric approach, combined with his experience and expertise in all things events have been the bedrock for Parallel Blue’s success over the years. He leaves us with a strong client base and an ever-expanding pipe line of new business opportunities and I am looking forward to leading the growth of Parallel Blue as an events agency with clients’ needs at the heart of everything we do.

“While John is formally stepping down, I know he intends to continue to act in a consulting capacity so we will no doubt continue to see him on a regular basis. We wish him a long and happy retirement.”