Leading Australian Sports Administrator Appointed CEO of New Perth Stadium
AUSTRALIA, September 20, 2016 — In a search led by SRi Managing Partner, Jonathan Harris, Mike McKenna – one of Australia’s leading sports administrators – has been appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer at the new Perth Stadium.
After almost 20 years in senior executive roles at Cricket Australia and the Essendon Football Club, Mr McKenna joins VenuesLive Management Services to head up the team that will manage Perth Stadium and the surrounding Sports Precinct.
He will take up his position on Monday 28 November, 2016.
Mr McKenna has been the Executive General Manager, Operations, at Cricket Australia since 2012 and has played a key role in the stewardship of all Cricket Australia’s marketing and commercial programs over the past 11 years. He was the architect of the hugely successful Big Bash League – a benchmark for sports, media and entertainment in Australia.
Prior to his roles at Cricket Australia, Mr McKenna was General Manager Commercial Operations at Essendon Football Club for seven years from 1998. During a period of significant transformation for Essendon and for AFL, Mr McKenna led the Essendon club’s move to Etihad Stadium.
Mr McKenna said today: “I’ve been very privileged to have worked at CA during a period of remarkable change in the game and have enjoyed the challenge of increasing the appeal of cricket. The Big Bash League was clearly a highlight but I take great satisfaction from some amazing achievements right across the game.
“I am very excited about the opportunity ahead, helping to deliver one of the world’s great stadiums. Working with the WA Government, footy clubs, cricket and other sporting codes, the plan is to deliver the best sporting and entertainment experiences for the people of Perth, WA and Australia”.
Perth Stadium is more than 50 per cent complete and will be one of the most advanced stadiums in the world when it opens for business. It will be a multi-purpose venue capable of hosting AFL, cricket, football, rugby union, rugby league and entertainment events.
With a seating capacity of 60,000, Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct will have a “fans first” approach to its design and technology.
Perth Stadium will be operated by leading Australian management company, VenuesLive.
Chief Executive Officer of VenuesLive, Mr Daryl Kerry, said: “We are delighted that Mike McKenna will lead the team at the magnificent Perth Stadium.
“Mike has already achieved a significant amount in Australian sport and will bring a wealth of venue, commercial, marketing and events experience to Perth Stadium.
“I’m sure the people of Western Australia will be excited that Mike McKenna, a proven and focused leader, is heading up the Perth Stadium team.”
Mr David Etherton, Chief Executive Officer of VenuesWest – the Perth Stadium’s governance agency – welcomed Mr McKenna to the role.
“We look forward to working with Mike on the future of Perth Stadium and sport in Western Australia,” Mr Etherton said.
“The CEO role at the Perth Stadium is a pivotal appointment and VenuesWest is excited that VenuesLive has been able to recruit someone with Mike’s skills and experience into the role.
“Mike has many years of experience in senior management roles in both cricket and football and this background will be very helpful in delivering for these anchor tenants
“Mike’s experiences with stadiums globally and nationally give him a broad reference that will support him to lead the Perth Stadium team to deliver world-class experiences for fans and hirers alike.”
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