BCEC appoints new general manager as Bob O’Keeffe steps into newly created role

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Bob O'Keeffe and Kym Guesdon.

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) has unveiled its leadership succession plans with Kym Guesdon taking on the general manager role and current general manager Bob O’Keeffe taking on a newly created role to meet the growing footprint of ASM Global APAC.

Guesdon currently carries out the dual role of ASM Global Group Director, Human Resources for the region as well as the BCEC HR Director role.

O’Keeffe will combine his new position as CEO of BCEC with that of Chief Operating Officer – Venue Operations for ASM Global (APAC).

Harvey Lister, Chairman and CEO of ASM Global (APAC), said the executive restructure was integral to future proofing the venue for continued growth as it heads into a period of unprecedented infrastructure development ahead of Brisbane’s Olympic era.

“Kym has been a senior executive at BCEC for more than 20 years and has full knowledge of the commercial and operational environment of the Centre,” said Lister.

“She played an extremely critical role during the COVID-19 Pandemic, and will be an outstanding general manager.”

Guesdon is one of four female general managers of ASM Global venues in the Asia Pacific and only the second person to hold the general manager position in BCEC’s 26-year history.

“The Centre is the major driver of business events to Brisbane and Queensland and going forward as well as ensuring the success of the Centre, I see my role also as a key stakeholder in promoting the destination,” said Guesdon.

“Brisbane’s infrastructure development has already begun, and with the boost of further investment as part of the official Olympic Infrastructure program, Brisbane’s appeal as a business events destination is expected to skyrocket.”

O’Keeffe will spend most of his time on head office duties, while also retaining involvement in BCEC operations for the immediate future.

“[I am] looking forward to working closely with my current ASM Global Convention Centre colleagues around Australia and the Asia Pacific as well as the great teams in ASM Global’s Arena and Stadium network,” he said.