AEG Ogden, a joint venture between Australian venue management interests and AEG Facilities of the U.S., chose a replacement general manager for the Darwin Convention Centre.
Replacing the former general manager, Malu Barrios, is Janet Hamilton, who served as the manager of external relations for Energy Resources of Australia (ERA) for four years. Her role included the management of government relations, sponsorships and media issues for the Ranger mine.
“Hamilton’s strong marketing and major event background and understanding of Territory issues ensures she is ideally qualified to take the Darwin Convention Centre to the next level,” said Geoff Donaghy, director of convention centres, AEG Ogden.
Prior to moving to Australia’s Northern Territory, Hamilton developed extensive major event and project management experience with the Sydney Olympic Organising Committee, the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and Melbourne’s Docklands precinct.
In 2008, Hamilton was key project manager for the National Australia Banks’ 150th anniversary project, delivering a 12-month national program of events and marketing initiatives.
The outgoing general manager, Malu Barrios, was appointed the general manager of the AEG Ogden-managed Sydney Exhibition Centre at Glebe Island.
“Opening a new centre is always a major challenge, but the recognition Darwin has received nationally and internationally in such a short time is testament to Malu’s dedication, commitment and abilities,” said Donaghy.
He also paid tribute to the efforts of Barrios in establishing Darwin as one of Australia’s leading convention centres in five years.