ASM GLOBAL, the company formed by the merger of AEG Facilities and SMG, has appointed a new senior management team and expandd its interests in Australia.
Among the appointments, reporting to the president and CEO of ASM Global Bob Newman, are Mark Rozells as chief financial officer, previously CFO at Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, and Chuck Steedman as executive vice-president of strategy and business development for arenas and stadiums. Steedman was previously chief operating and development officer at AEG Facilities.
“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,” says Newman.
“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.”
Former senior vice-president at AEG Facilities Richard Krezwick has been appointed chief commercial officer, Doug Thornton will be expanding his role to executive vice-president (EVP) for all arena, stadia and theatres and UK-based John Sharkey will continue his role as EVP for Europe Operations.
The former chairman and CEO of Australia-based AEG Ogden, Harvey Lister, will oversee ASM Asia Pacific.
Meanwhile in Australia, the company has taken a 25 per cent stake in Sydney-based stadium operator VenuesLive, which operates in three government-owned venues – the ANZ Stadium (cap. 83,500) and Bankwest Stadium (30,000) in Sydney, and the Optus Stadium (60,000) in Perth.
“The real winners from these developments are the fans who will be able to access a greater range of world-class content, services, amenities and technologies in more venues than ever before, across Australia,” says Newman.
VenuesLive MD Daryl Kerry adds, “We look forward to the benefits that ASM Global’s investment in VenuesLive will bring, particularly in delivering additional events to the stadia we manage.”
ASM Asia Pacific chairman and CEO Harvey Lister will join the VenuesLive board, although the day to day business of the company will remain the same.
Among ASM operated venues in Australia are Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium (52,000) and Brisbane Entertainment Centre (12,000), and Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena (21,000).
Worldwide, ASM’s portfolio spans five continents and includes 300 entertainment and exhibition venues.