MCEC chief operating officer Leighton Wood to retire

MCEC chief operating officer Leighton Wood will retire in July.

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) chief operating officer Leighton Wood has announced his plans to retire following over 10 years of service.

MCEC’s current director of business relaunch, Helen Fairclough, will step into the role.

MCEC CEO Peter King said Wood’s experience and guidance has been instrumental to MCEC’s success over the past decade.

“Under Leighton’s leadership, MCEC has achieved record revenue and customer satisfaction results, he is a leader that puts his people first and has great respect within our business and the broader events industry,” King said.

“Leighton leaves a significant legacy in the area of sustainability, he has done an immense amount of work to ensure MCEC is a leader in this space, to which our business and our environment will always be grateful for.”

Wood says he has been very fortunate to work at MCEC during a period of great change and success.

“Our devotion to the customer experience is unrecognisable to when I arrived in 2010,” Wood said.

“I’ve learnt so much about leadership from an always supportive CEO, I’ve enjoyed working alongside various and talented Executive Team peers and their high performing teams and I’ve been blessed to have worked with an Operations team of the highest professional quality and culture.

“The team now needs to reset for a different future, built by new leaders.”

Fairclough will take over the role in July.

“I believe Helen is uniquely placed to contribute to the reset of our business for the future and I have absolute confidence that the delivery excellence we are so passionate about will be in great hands,” King said.

MCEC’s acting director of people & culture, Amanda Wilson, has also been permanently appointed as chief people officer.