Rachel Thompson has been promoted to global COO at The Special Event Company. She joined the company in 1996 and moved from the London office to the firm's North Carolina office in July 2012. She has been the company's primary planner for international programs for 12 years. Thompson has overseen events across the U.K., Europe, the Middle East and Asia. She is a shareholder in both the U.S. and U.K. branches of the company.