AEG Ogden fills final key post in ICC Sydney management team

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AEG Ogden fills final key post in ICC Sydney management team

AUSTRALASIA – AEG Ogden has completed its ICC Sydney senior management line up with the appointment of Erica Blythe as director of finance and administraion. A full leadership team is now in place to guide ICC Sydney to its December 2016 opening and beyond.

Blythe joins ICC Sydney after four years as the regional financial controller for NSW and ACT with Accor and 16 years with the group in total.

ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy said the team was “tasked with opening what is undoubtedly the single most exciting project underway globally across the events industry today”.

When the refurbished venue opens it will employ more than 320 full-time and up to 1,500 casual staff.

The Sydney Hilton, meanwhile, 10-13 August, is hosting the world’s foremost researchers and practitioners from data mining, analytics and big data for the 21st ACM Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining conference (KDD15).

Organisers claim KDD15 is the premier conference in big data mining in the world and New South Wales minister for trade, tourism and major events, Stuart Ayres MP addressed the conference. He said it was the first time Australia had hosted this event and only the second time it had been held in the Asia Pacific region.

“It’s a great opportunity to highlight Australian achievements in big data. Worth more than A$2 million to our economy, this conference will also support thousands of jobs,” the minister added.

Business Events Sydney CEO, Lyn Lewis-Smith described winning the conferences as “a major milestone”.

“This conference is usually held in the northern hemisphere and is unlikely to return to Australia for many years,” said Lewis-Smith.

“We’re proud to host a stellar line up of industry leaders speaking about big data from Microsoft, Google, HP, Amazon, Alibaba, Huawei, Google, Groupon and Facebook,” she added.

KDD15 general chair and director of the Advanced Analytics Institute at University of Technology Sydney, Professor Longbing Cao said 1,000 participants would be attending the conference.

“64% of the nation’s technology start-ups are based in New South Wales and Sydney is home to more than two thirds of Australia’s ICT headquarters, so it’s no wonder Sydney was chosen to be the first-ever Australian host city,” he added.
The event is co-located with the Big Data Summit.

The KDD15 followed on from the Sydney International Boat Show (SIBS) held the previous week in dual locations – Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island (SEC@GI) for hall exhibitions and Darling Harbour’s Cockle Bay Marina for in-water displays.

By the end of the five-day event, crowds were up 4.3% from last year with over 51,000 visitors visiting the locations.

Boating Industry Association president Alan Blake said exhibitor demand had required the full footprint of the Exhibition Centre and exceeded that available at the Marina.

The Boat Show will be held at SEC@GI 28 July–1 August 2016 in its final year of operating in two locations. It will then return to Darling Harbour in 2017, the Show’s 50th year, in only one venue at ICC Sydney.

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