Maureen Ryan-Fable


Maureen Ryan Fable, Group CEO of global events agency FIRST, is one of the few female CEO’s in the experiential space. In her 17 years at the agency, Maureen has made massive strides for the brand, positioning us as an industry leader with offices in New York, London, Dublin, Los Angeles and Singapore and employees in over a dozen countries.

She has guided us to grow exponentially as an organization (from a team of 5 in the Americas to a global team of over 500+ today), and flourish professionally as individuals. With her 31-year tenure in the industry, Maureen has been honored as an ILEA Hall of Legends inductee and a “Top 50 Smart Women in Meetings” in 2017. She is also an accomplished marathoner, mom, thought-leader, mentor, and friend. Maureen leads with passion, fierce loyalty and integrity; She has a conscientious focus to deliver award-winning campaigns for our clients and to drive profit for internal stakeholders and colleagues alike; success for the agency is invested back into the growth and development of the team. With Maureen as CEO, over the past year alone, FIRST has become one of Event Marketer’s Top 100 Agencies It List recipients, winner of Micebook’s V Awards for Best Larger Agency, and a finalist for Conference News’ CN Agency awards for Global Agency of the year. We move forward through pandemics, through social unrest, through global financial crises all with momentum, energy, and focus from the leadership that Maureen embodies every day.