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ASM Global unveils international leadership team
Bob Newman, President and Chief Executive of ASM Global, has unveiled the executive leadership team tasked with steering the world’s largest venue management company.
ASM - formed earlier this month upon the merger of SMG and AEG Facilities – operates more than 300 arenas, stadia and other large venues on five continents, and employs 61,000 staff. Its portfolio includes the likes of the O2 and Manchester Arena in the UK, the Stockholm Globe arenas in Sweden, Mercedes-Benz Arena and Barclaycard Arena in Germany, Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai, Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney and Staples Center in Los Angeles, with venues under construction in Buenos Aires, Seoul, Moscow and Bangkok.
Newman, formerly President of AEG Facilities, advised “since closing the merger two weeks ago, our top priority has been to ensure that we have the right leadership in place to advance our priorities and growth strategies focused on creating the best experience for our clients, guests and staff across all venues.
“We are honoured that the executives we are announcing today represent the very top industry professionals, who will collectively lead our new company and global teams as we reinforce and expand our venue management services and capabilities.”
Executives include John Sharkey, formerly Executive Vice-President (EVP) of European operations for SMG, who will hold the same role at ASM; Harvey Lister, the former Chief Executive of AEG Ogden, who will continue to oversee venues in Asia and Australasia as Chief Executive of ASM Asia Pacific; and newly appointed Chief Financial Officer Mark Rozells, who will oversee financial planning, accounting and mergers and acquisitions.
Effective immediately, the full ASM Global Executive Team is as follows:
Shaun Beard, Senior Vice President of Food and Beverage
Beard will oversee ASM’s North American and European F&B operations, including Savor, Premier and CGC Event Caterers
Gregg Caren, EVP of Sales and Business Development, Convention Centers
The former EVP of convention centers for SMG, Caren is tasked with acquiring new convention and exhibition center accounts, as well as developing sales initiatives to drive events to the company’s existing portfolio
Shauna Elvin, EVP of Global Talent
Previously Senior Vice President of Human Resources for SMG, Elvin been promoted to EVP of global talent, overseeing HR, staffing and employee retention, benefits, compensation, training and diversity strategy
Richard Krezwick, Chief Commercial Officer
Krezwick, ex- Senior Vice President for AEG Facilities, will oversee the company’s “commercialization strategy and the cross-functional adoption of new services, products and technologies”
Harvey Lister, Chairman and Chief Executive of ASM Asia Pacific
“Utilising his unmatched industry experience”, Lister, formerly of AEG Ogden, will continue to oversee ASM’s portfolio of business activities in Australia, New Zealand, Asia Pacific and the Middle East
Bob McClintock, EVP of Convention Centres
McClintock, the former Senior Vice President of Convention Centres for SMG, has been promoted to EVP of the same division at ASM, leading the global operations of the company’s convention and exhibition venues business
Mark Rozells, Chief Financial Officer
Rozells brings, according to ASM, “strong financial and operational management experience to the position”. Previous career experience includes spells as EVP and Chief Executive for Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, and in senior finance and strategy roles at Liberty Media, Starwood Hotels and the Walt Disney Company
John Sharkey, EVP of European operations
Sharkey will continue in the same role as at SMG, with focus on “maximising positive results” across all ASM’s European venue and F&B operations, as well as supporting and implementing the company’s business development initiatives across the continent
Chuck Steedman, EVP of Strategy and Business Development, Arenas and Stadia
Steedman previously served as chief operating and development officer for AEG Facilities. He’s responsible for “identifying, evaluating and implementing global account acquisition growth strategies for ASM’s arena and stadium accounts”
Doug Thornton, Senior Vice President of Arenas, Stadia and Theatres
Thornton, lately EVP of stadia and arenas for SMG, expands his role to include ASM’s entire portfolio of arenas, stadia and theatres, directing the operations and financial performance of the division
Newman added “we are confident that this impressive team will accelerate our momentum as we look to invest in innovations that bring new ASM Global services, solutions and technologies to our clients.
“The team’s depth of leadership will also enable us to advance our mission to realise the potential of the world’s greatest places, spaces and events by driving revenue generation and operational excellence that will allow us to take our industry to the next level.”
Image (from left): Harvey Lister, John Sharkey and Mark Rozells.
3rd October 2019 - New ASM Global expands operations in Australia
1st October 2019 - AEG Facilities and SMG complete merger to become ASM Global
23rd September 2019 - AEG Ogden’s Harvey Lister expresses frustrations at delays with Brisbane Live precinct
16th September 2019 - Facility manager AEG Ogden transitions to ASM Global (Asia Pacific) brand
16th September 2019 - Harvey Lister open to partnership to build new Gold Coast entertainment arena
23rd April 2019 - AEG Ogden appoints new General Manager for the Darwin Convention Centre
8th February 2019 - AEG Facilities and SMG announce merger to create global venue management giant
31st January 2019 - Qudos Bank Arena welcomes more than a million people in 2018
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