SMG Europe has appointed Nick Waight as managing director of Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) in Scotland ahead of its move to a new purpose-built home in 2019.
The former MD of Group Convention Centres for the NEC Group will start his new role in April 2018.
As chief executive of The Convention Centre Dublin, Ireland, Waight was responsible for overseeing the design, build and operation of the £185m (US$244m) venue. More recently he has led the ICC team in delivering The Vox, a new £10m conference space as part of Resorts World Birmingham. Waight was made redundant in an NEC Group management shake up in March 2017.
John Sharkey, SMG executive vice-president of European operations, said: “SMG’s expertise in driving multi-purpose exhibition, conference and entertainment content is second to none and I’m delighted to welcome Nick to the team. Nick brings with him a wealth of skills and experience in both operational and commercial management which are the perfect fit for both the existing and new AECC.”
Nick Waight added: “I am thrilled to be joining SMG Europe at this exciting time in its development. I am very grateful to John Sharkey for giving me this opportunity and look forward to taking up the new role in April, when it will be a privilege to lead the team at the AECC both at the existing venue and transitioning into the fantastic new facility in 2019. ”
Aberdeen City Council appointed SMG Europe to manage the existing AECC earlier this year ahead of its move to a new £333m complex near Aberdeen International Airport.
The new state-of-the art venue will include a 12,500-capacity arena with a moveable stage, hospitality boxes and club lounge, 50,000sqm of flexible exhibition space, conference centre, three hotels and its own energy centre.