Alec Gilbert to handover the leadership baton following the opening of the East Building
“Now that the dust has settled following the opening of our new East Building it is time to take a deep breath and reflect,” Gilbert 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.”
He will remain chief executive at the Adelaide Convention Centre through until the end of 2017 to oversee the International Astronautical Congress later this month, which is the largest convention ever held in Adelaide.
He will also lead a management transition to Simon Burgess, who has held the position of director convention & exhibition sales at the Centre for more than five years.
“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,” said Adelaide Venue Management Board chair Bill Spurr.
“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.”