UK’s The O2 appoints new Vice President & general manager

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UK’s The O2 appoints new Vice President & general manager

The United Kingdom’s The O2 has announced the appointment of Steve Sayer (pictured left) as vice president and general manager, and Danielle Kennedy-Clark (pictured mid) as deputy general manager. Currently in the roles of commercial director and operations director (respectively), their promotions follow the recent appointment of John Langford (formerly VP & GM, The O2) to chief operating officer, AEG Europe. Also announced was the appointment of Gavin Brind (pictured right) to the role of finance director for The O2 and The SSE Arena, Wembley, replacing Paul Reeve who was recently announced as the new Chief Financial Officer, AEG Europe. John Langford said of the new appointments: “I’m delighted to be announcing that Steve, Danielle and Gavin will be leading The O2 from January. Their combined experience in managing this incredible venue, working alongside the senior leadership team, means that the world’s busiest arena will continue to flourish.” Steve Sayer joined The O2 in 2014 as commercial director, overseeing ticketing operations, merchandising, food and beverage and corporate sales along with securing exhibition content and overseeing Up at The O2, the roof walk attraction over the venue. Danielle Kennedy-Clark has worked at The O2 since 2010 when she joined as venue manager, responsible for driving the events and operations teams, before being promoted to Operations Director in 2017. In the new role, Danielle will be responsible for all site-wide operations including security, event delivery, and food and beverage operations. Gavin Brind is currently the deputy finance director, a role he took on in 2017.  He joined AEG in 2012 and as the head of commercial finance has led all financial and commercial business partnering activities for The O2 and The SSE Arena, Wembley. Prior to joining AEG Gavin held finance roles in media and retail including at HMV and Channel 4. Since opening in 2007 The O2 has been voted the world’s most popular music and entertainment venue for 10 consecutive years, and alongside the 21,000 capacity arena, the iconic tented structure also houses indigo at The O2 and roof walk Up at The O2, along with a bowling alley, multi-screen cinema, trampoline park and restaurants. This year, The O2 opened ICON Outlet – a 210,000 sq. ft. premium urban outlet which brings shopping to the venue for the first time. Together with the construction of a 50,000 sq. ft. cinema extension and a 30,000 sq. ft. trampoline park – Oxygen Freejumping – The O2’s offering is evolving to reflect the consumer-led convergence of retail, leisure and entertainment.

Stuart Wood is a news reporter across the Mash Media editorial portfolio. He writes for CMW alongside sister publications Conference News, Exhibition News, Access All Areas and Exhibition World.