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July 10 2013

Senior AEG Ogden Executive Elected President of Global Convention Venues Body


Senior AEG Ogden executive, Geoff Donaghy, has become the first Asia Pacific region 
representative to be elected to lead the peak association for convention centres worldwide.

Mr Donaghy was elected President of the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC) at its annual meeting in Cape Town, South Africa. 

A board member for the past eight years and vice-president for the past six, Mr Donaghy succeeds outgoing president, Mr Edgar Hirt from Hamburg, Germany.
Brussels based AIPC comprises more than 170 of the world’s leading venues across 55 countries and is committed to advancing recognition of the role of convention centres in economic development and undertakes extensive research, educational and networking programmes. 

As AEG Ogden’s Director of Convention Centres (now numbering eight under management), Mr Donaghy has been a strong advocate for encouraging and recognising excellence in venue management.

Mr Donaghy will also assume the CEO position of the new $1 billion International 
Convention Centre Sydney project at Darling Harbour which commences construction in December this year.

He said while it was a great honour to be recognised by his global peers, the appointment was equally a recognition of the profile, even at this early stage, of ICC Sydney and the Darling Harbour Live project in world markets. 

AEG Ogden Chairman and CEO, Harvey Lister today congratulated Mr Donaghy on his 
appointment as AIPC President.

“It is a credit to Geoff to be the first industry executive from this part of the world to be 
afforded this honour in the 55 year history of AIPC. 

“Geoff is renowned in the industry for setting the highest standards of service and innovation in the convention centres we manage, and has a network of industry contacts second to none.

“He has the ability to take AIPC to another level while at the same time overseeing AEG Ogden’s expanding venue network and establishing ICC Sydney as one of the world's leading facilities,” Mr Lister said.

About AEG Ogden
AEG Ogden is a joint venture between Australian venue management interests and AEG Facilities of the United States. 

AEG Ogden manages venues throughout the Asia Pacific region, including convention centres in Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Kuala Lumpur, Qatar, Oman (under construction), and Sydney (construction commencing 2014); arenas including Sydney’s Allphones Arena, the Sydney Entertainment Centre (from December 2013), the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, the Newcastle Entertainment Centre and Perth Arena; Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane; and live theatres including Perth’s His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth Concert Hall, the WA State Theatre Centre, Albany Entertainment Centre, and Subiaco Arts Centre.In addition, AEG Facilities was recently announced as operator of both the Los Angeles Convention Centre and Hawaii Convention Centre 

AEG Facilities. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, is the leading sports, entertainment and venue operator in the world. AEG Facilities, a stand-alone affiliate of AEG, owns, operates or consults with 100 of the industry’s preeminent venues worldwide, across five continents, and works in concert with affiliated AEG entities, including live event producer, AEG Live, AEG Global Partnerships, AEG Development and AEG 1Earth to support the success of AEG venues across the globe. AEG owns, operates or provides services to venues including STAPLES Center (Los Angeles, Calif.), The Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.), Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE (Los Angeles, Calif.), Citizens Business Bank Arena (Ontario, Calif.), Valley View Casino Center (San Diego, Calif.) Sprint Center (Kansas City, Mo.), XL Center and Rentschler Field (Hartford, Conn.), The Rose Garden (Portland, Ore.), KeyArena (Seattle, Wash.), KFC YUM! Center (Louisville, Ky.), American Airlines Arena (Miami, Fla.), AT&T Center (San Antonio, Texas), Time Warner Cable Arena (Charlotte, N.C.), Prudential Center (Newark, N.J.), Target Center (Minneapolis, Minn.), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai, China), MasterCard Center (Beijing, China), The O2 Arena (London, England), O2 World (Berlin, Germany), O2 World Hamburg (Hamburg, Germany), Ahoy Arena (Rotterdam, Netherlands), Pernambuco Stadium (Recife, Brazil), Allphones Arena (Sydney, Australia), Globe Arenas (Stockholm, Sweden), Ulker Sports Arena (Istanbul, Turkey) and the Qatar National Convention Centre (Doha, Qatar). For more information, please visit www.aegworldwide.com. 

Media Contact:
Greg Adermann
Group Communications Manager
AEG Ogden
Ph: +61 7 3331 5162
Mobile: 0 419 729972
Email: gadermann@aegogden.com 
Web: www.aegogden.com