Geoff Donaghy to step down from ICC Sydney

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Geoff Donaghy is stepping down from his leadership roles at ICC Sydney and ASM Global.

Geoff Donaghy will step down from his leadership roles at International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) and ASM Global after more than 30 years of service in the industry.

Donaghy is chief executive of ICC Sydney and Group Director Convention Centres at ASM Global (APAC).

He will depart his fulltime role on August 30, but will stay on as an advisor to the business until the end of the year as ASM Global embeds its succession strategy over the coming weeks.

“Geoff Donaghy is one of ASM Global’s longest serving executives having contributed greatly to the establishment of key venues in our portfolio, including Cairns Convention Centre, Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, numerous venue management bids globally and of course 10 years of extraordinary success at ICC Sydney,” said Harvey Lister, ASM Global (APAC) Executive Chairman.

“As CEO, Geoff and his ICC Sydney team have secured and operated events that have delivered almost $4 billion in economic impact for the state, but his inspiring leadership is renowned for living up to the promise of ICC Sydney’s mission to make a difference, for one another, clients, community and the environment.

“Moreover, I recognise one of Geoff’s greatest achievements in successfully navigating ICC Sydney and our broader industry through the challenging times of the Covid pandemic.”

Donaghy said his time with ASM Global has been “an absolute privilege”.

“The team here at ICC Sydney has achieved many accolades, but I am most immensely proud of our investment in the strength of our people, and our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion,” he said.

“I look forward to seeing these important legacies continued into the decades ahead.”

Under Geoff’s leadership, ICC Sydney received 95 industry awards, achieving an average delegate satisfaction rating of 97.4 per cent and 98.2 per cent client satisfaction rating.

ICC Sydney was the first convention centre to release a Reconciliation Action Plan and a Disability and Inclusion Action Plan, reach Silver Tier status in Pride in Diversity’s Australian Workplace Equality Index, amongst other leading campaigns such as its Feeding your Performance philosophy and client Legacy Program.