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Alec Gilbert to handover Centre leadership baton

After 12 years of outstanding achievement, Adelaide Convention Centre Chief Executive Alec Gilbert has announced that the time is right to implement a succession plan to transition management of the Centre.

“Now that the dust has settled following the opening of our new East Building it is time to take a deep breath and reflect,” Alec said.  

“With the redevelopment now complete it is also time to reflect on my own future. After twelve years at the helm, the timing is probably right for change. We have built a world-class team and a world-class facility and it is time to head in a new direction under new leadership.”

Alec will remain Chief Executive at the Adelaide Convention Centre through until the end of 2017 to enable him to oversee the International Astronautical Congress later this month (the largest convention ever held in Adelaide), as well as facilitate a management transition to Simon Burgess, who has held the position of Director Convention & Exhibition Sales at the Centre for more than five years.   

Adelaide Venue Management Board Chair Bill Spurr AO said, “Adelaide Venue Management has been fortunate to work with Alec in its succession planning to provide for a smooth management transition.

“It will be a sad day when Alec hands over the baton, but Simon is well equipped to be successful in his new role given he’s learnt from the very best in the business in Alec.

“We look forward to acknowledging Alec’s extraordinary contribution to the Adelaide Convention Centre and South Australia closer to his departure with industry colleagues and staff. His achievements in all areas have been many, significant and of the highest order. He’s been an exceptional Chief Executive.”

Taken from Adelaide Convention Centre Press Release 8 September 2017

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