Susanne Ault has been upped to exec producer of conferences for Variety.Ault has been instrumental in the growth of Variety’s confab wing during the past three years. She oversees research, development and execution for Variety conferences, which will encompass more than 30 events this year. Ault was previously a producer in the division. “Susanne’s enthusiasm and dedication have proven so critical to the success of Variety’s conference business,” said Variety publishing director Linda Buckley-Bruno. “We are proud that she is a part of our team as we continue to advance this important new area.” Ault was formerly a senior reporter for Video Business, and has worked as a reporter for Variety, Billboard and Broadcasting & Cable.