AEG Europe-owned and operated London music venue The O2 has appointed Steve Sayer as Vice President and General Manager and Danielle Kennedy-Clark 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.
Gavin Brind has also been hired as 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.
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..
Prior to joining AEG Europe, Sayer was Operations Director for Manchester City Football Club and was responsible for the match day and major event operations.
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.
She has worked for AEG for 11 years with roles at the David Beckham Academy located on the Greenwich Peninsula before moving to The O2.
In the new role she will be responsible for all site-wide operations including security, event delivery, and food and beverage operations, working closely with catering partners Levy Restaurants.
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.
“The O2 continues to set the benchmark for the music and entertainment industry in every respect.”
Steve Sayer (pictured)
John Langford said: “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.”
“The O2 is a truly unique and incredible venue, and I’m proud to be taking on the new role of Deputy General Manager.”
Sayer added: “The O2 continues to set the benchmark for the music and entertainment industry in every respect.
“I’m excited to be leading the venue as we further develop the customer experience and our programme, finding new ways to delight the millions of fans who visit The O2 every year.”
John Langford said: “I’m delighted to be announcing that Steve, Danielle and Gavin will be leading The O2 from January.”
Kennedy-Clark (pictured inset) said: “The O2 is a truly unique and incredible venue, and I’m proud to be taking on the new role of Deputy General Manager.
“We have a fantastic team making every event a success, and I’m looking forward to continuing our focus on delivering unforgettable experiences for all visitors to this iconic location.”
Brind added: “I am looking forward to working alongside Steve, Danielle and the talented management team as we continue to drive the financial and commercial success of The O2 and The SSE Arena, Wembley.”Music Business Worldwide