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Mumbai.
TradeFairTimes expresses our heartfelt grief on the passing away of a good friend, and an excellent exhibition professional. Mr. D’Silva passed away on Saturday, June 7, 2014 in Goa due to a cardiac arrest. He was 52 years old and is survived by his wife. Mr. D’Silva worked with MMI India Pvt. Ltd., the wholly owned subsidiary of Messe München GmbH, since August 2010. He defined the road map for MMI India and under his able leadership, the company expanded its horizons with new shows every year. MMI India started its operations with a single trade fair in 2008 and within a span of four years, today it organises eight trade fairs.

Mr. Klaus Dittrich, Chairman and CEO of Messe München International and Chairman of the Board of MMI India, said, “In the passing away of Mr. D’Silva, the industry has lost an able CEO and a distinguished strategist. Under his guidance, MMI India had grown exponentially, redefining the trade fair business in India. He played a crucial role in steering the company as one of India’s leading trade fair organizers. The sudden and untimely demise of Mr. D’Silva has shocked and saddened us and the industry colleagues. He played an important part in fostering cross-functional relationships within the exhibition domain, taking the industry to an altogether different growth trajectory. The Indian Exhibition industry has lost a bright and dynamic industry personality. Messe München International owes Mr. D’Silva a great debt of gratitude and will honor his memory.”

Mr. D’Silva, has served the exhibition industry for over 18 years, working in this sector since 1996. He was also the Honorable Secretary of Indian Exhibition Industry Association (IEIA).

We are deeply saddened with the sudden demise of Mr. Dasilva. The Indian Exhibition industry has lost a bright and dynamic industry personality. The passing of Mr. Dasilva has created a void. He leaves an indelible mark in the industry with his acumen in identifying and developing new opportunities in various domains.

– Ms. Katharina Schlegel,
Acting CEO & COO – MMI India Pvt. Ltd.

The sudden and untimely demise of Mr. Dasilva has shocked and saddened us and the industry colleagues. He played an important part in fostering cross-functional relationships within the exhibition domain, taking the industry to an altogether different growth trajectory. His passing away is a major loss to the organization and the industry, as a whole.

– Mr. Bhupinder Singh,
Acting CEO & CMO – MMI India Pvt. Ltd.

No Amount of words can express my feelings today. Though my journey with Mr.Darryl Dasilva began on corporate footings but due to his persona the relationship with him soon transgressed in to personal equation. I have shared some of my most sensitive ups and dips with the man I unfortunately have to only cherish in my memories now. The loss is not just grave but irreparable in all quarters. I pray we are connected in spirit always.

– Sudhir Dhavan, Country Head-Sales & Operations.

Daryl was everyone’s friend.
I’ve known him since the day he started his career with Jacob Macwan at Intec , till now at MMI – from an executive to a CEO! Seeing this growth at very close quarters , I had occasionally been around for brotherly advise.
I suppose the last few years as a co-EC member in the IEIA were the best with him . It was a new him I had not seen – firm , vocal , and always being constructive – our man for the industry.
I used to jest with him – “Daryl , you are the tallest amongst us !”

– Ravinder Sethi, Managing Director of R.E. Rogers Pvt Ltd.

When I think of Darryl, I cannot but think of the song “For he is a jolly good fellow…”. A perfect gent, a great all round guy, all whilst being a thorough professional who was always one step ahead of the curve. He will be sorely missed. All of us here at HMFI express our sincere condolences on his untimely passing and pray for strength for his family and his MMI family so that they may fulfil the legacy Darryl would have wanted to leave behind.

– Mr. Mehul Lanvers Shah MD of Hannover Milano Fairs.

We at NuernbergMesse are deeply saddened by the news of Darryl’s untimely death. He was a man of great insight and personality, and his death is a great loss for the exhibition industry. Darryl has been associated with the trade fair industry since the last 18 years and during this time; I had the pleasure of interacting with him many times. His enthusiasm, dedication and passion towards his work was an inspiration to all. Darryl was also a great human being, full of life, engaging and generous. We would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to his family and the whole team of Messe Muenchen.

– Satyendra Mehra, Director of NuernbergMesse India Pvt Ltd.

With profound sorrow I learnt about the sudden passing away of Darryl Dasilva . He was a friend full of life and highly professional in his work. He rose to great heights in the Trade Fair Industry and was respected by all those who knew him.
May he Rest in Eternal Peace!

– Yasmin Saifullah, Managing Director, Global Expo Links.

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