Steve Hevern will take the top job at Sydney’s Allphones Arena, one of the world’s 10 top-grossing concert venues.
The veteran venue exec is to become general manager for the 21,000 capacity arena with affect from Dec. 21, according to a statement issued Friday (Sept. 25) by AEG Ogden, which manages the venue on behalf of the Nine Entertainment Company.
He will succeed Guy Ngata, who has been appointed CEO at Eden Park in his hometown of Auckland, New Zealand and will stay on at Allphones until Dec. 18.
Hevern is currently GM of Qantas Credit Union Arena (formerly known as the Sydney Entertainment Centre), a position he has served in since December 2013. He’s a natural choice to fill the void left by Ngata’s departure. In years past, Hevern held an AEG Ogden group role in technical operations, and was part of the pre-opening teams at Vector Arena in Auckland and Mastercard Arena in Beijing and he has five years’ experience as operations manager at Allphones Arena (then known as the Sydney Superdome). Hevern was the GM of Perth Arena from September 2012 following the shock death of its inaugural GM, David Humphreys. Hevern’s current role at the Qantas Credit Union Arena will no longer exist at year’s end. The venue will be demolished as part of a billion-dollar revamp of the Darling Harbour precinct.
“Steve is an outstanding venue manager and has been one of company’s real success stories,” comments Harvey Lister, chairman and CEO of AEG Ogden. “He has done magnificently in difficult circumstances in his GM roles at Perth Arena and Qantas Credit Union Arena and he has earned the opportunity to manage one of the most prestigious and successful arenas in the country.”
Lister also paid tribute to Ngata, who he said has “done a tremendous job in the past three years in establishing Allphones Arena as one of the most successful worldwide. We wish him every success in his new role at Eden Park.” Ngata became GM of Allphones in 2012 following a two-and-a-half-year stint in Shanghai, where he served as GM of the AEG-OPG Culture and Sports Company-managed Mercedes-Benz Arena. Allphones has hosted concerts from 5 Seconds of Summer, Drake and The Eagles and many others in 2015.