AEG Europe president Tom Miserendino this week announced that John Langford has been appointed vice president and general manager of The O2, taking up the position on 1 November. Langford joins the venue following three years in the position of director of live entertainment at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) in Glasgow, including the SSE Hydro arena.
Leading the team at The O2, Langford will be responsible for the overall operational management, commercial delivery, event booking and content creation at the London venue as well as setting the vision and strategy. Reporting directly to AEG Europe’s SVP Facilities, Richard Krezwick, Langford takes over as the venue approaches its tenth birthday in 2017.
At the SECC, Langford’s leadership was pivotal in transforming the SSE Hydro into one of the world’s leading entertainment venues, during which time the arena significantly added to group profitably and economic impact for the City of Glasgow. Prior to the SECC, he spent seven years as chief operating officer at BIG Concerts International, Africa’s premier concert promoter and previously at senior management roles in the commercial radio industry.
Commenting on his new role, Langford said: “I am incredibly excited to be joining the team at AEG and The O2. I have always admired the impact that The O2 has on the live entertainment industry and I am greatly honoured that I can play a part in the future growth of this iconic venue. I will miss my colleagues at the SECC tremendously and I wish them well as their incredibly successful journey continues.”
Richard Krezwick, SVP AEG Europe Facilities added: “With John’s knowledge of the music and entertainment business world and his proven track record in the venue management business, I know he’ll do a fantastic job. John inherits a tremendously talented team at The O2 which will certainly make for a seamless transition and a bright future ahead.”