News Release
For Immediate Release

August 18, 2014

Michael Sullivan, GOED Communications Director

Middle Eastern Market is a Place for Successful Growth of Utah Businesses
Technology and advertising veteran will highlight company’s success in the Middle East

Salt Lake City, UTAH — Many have found business success in the Middle East—including Andreas Roell, co-founder and former chief executive officer of EGM Worldwide—but more is to be found. At this September’s Utah Global Forum (UGF), Roell will share how EGM Worldwide succeeded in the Middle Eastern marketplace and how Utah businesses can too.

Before the company was acquired by Rotana Media Group in 2013, EGM Worldwide was a leading digital media company that informed and entertained internet audiences in markets throughout the world. Headquartered in Dubai, U.A.E., the company also had offices in North America and throughout the Middle East. As chief executive officer, Roell partnered with the leading Arabic entertainment company to develop the region’s largest video-on-demand platform. Roell will share this success story at the Utah Global Forum to show that Utah can be successful in the Middle Eastern market.

Prior to his success at EGM Worldwide, Roell was chairman and chief executive officer of the digital marketing agency Geary Group. During his tenure of 12 years, Roell saw the agency from its start, to becoming the fourth largest independent search agency, with offices in North America, Asia and Europe.

Roell founded and currently is the managing partner for Carib Ventures, a technology investment company, focused on supporting the development of entrepreneurs and their companies. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the American Advertising Federation—the world’s largest advertising trade association, and has been featured in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, BBC and NBC.

Any company with an intent in growing or starting their firm in exporting should attend the Utah Global Forum, presented by Governor Gary R. Herbert. UGF is Utah’s premiere international event organized to connect Utah business owners, leadership, sales and marketing professionals with the global market and to showcase what makes Utah great for foreign investors. The event will attract a broad domestic and international business audience and will inspire attendees to start or increase global trade and investment.

The forum will be held Sept. 24 in the Salt Palace, Grand Ballroom. To register, visit Registration is limited and will sell out quickly.


Andreas Roell, co-founder, EGM Worldwide

About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) charter is based on Governor Gary Herbert’s commitment to economic development statewide. Utah’s economic development vision is that Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy and be recognized as a premier global business destination. The mandate for this office is to provide rich business resources for the creation, growth and recruitment of companies to Utah and to increase tourism and film production in the state. GOED accomplishes this mission through the administration of programs that are based around targeted industries or “economic clusters” that demonstrate the best potential for development. GOED utilizes state resources and private sector contracts to fulfill its mission.  For more information please contact:  Michael Sullivan, 801-538-8811 or