OGDEN IFC ANNOUNCES TEAM TO MANAGE SUNCORP STADIUM

The Group Managing Director of Ogden IFC, Mr Harvey Lister, today announced a team with extensive experience in stadium and event management, sports administration, marketing and communications to manage the redeveloped Suncorp Stadium.

Brisbane-based Ogden IFC has been confirmed by the Queensland Government as the initial operator of the stadium.

Ogden IFC, the leading venue management company in the southern hemisphere, has appointed four experienced executives to oversee the pre-opening stage and the extensive programme of sporting events scheduled for Suncorp Stadium in 2003.

Ogden IFC presently manages 10 venues in Australia, including Telstra Stadium, Sydney, the Brisbane and Newcastle Entertainment Centres, and the Cairns Convention Centre.

Heading the team will be Chief Executive Officer, Mr Geoff Donaghy. Mr Donaghy has been Ogden IFC’s Managing Director of the Cairns Convention Centre since its opening in 1996 and has overseen its rapid recognition as one of the world's premier meeting facilities. He will continue in that role in addition to his Suncorp Stadium responsibilities.

Before joining Ogden IFC, Mr Donaghy was a prominent figure in the Queensland tourism industry, with extensive airline and hotel experience. He was the General Manager of the Far North Queensland Promotion Bureau for five years and is a former Director of the Queensland Events Corporation and the Queensland Tourist and Travel Corporation.

Mr Donaghy is also a National Councillor of the Meetings Industry Association of Australia and member of the 12 person Business Events Council of Australia.