July 14, 2024 1:07 PM
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Javits Center CEO Announces Retirement

Alan Steel will serve through March 2025; Replacement search commences

submitted by Lourdes Sims, Senior Executive Assistant to CEO & SVP of Sales and Marketing, Javits Center


New York, NY – The New York Convention Center Operating Corporation (NYCCOC) has announced that Alan Steel will retire at the end of March 2025. Steel, who has led the Javits Center since his appointment as President and CEO in 2012, leaves behind a legacy of innovation, resilience and sustainable growth.

Steel’s journey with the Javits Center spans an impressive 38 years, with 12 years at the helm preceded by 26 years as a customer. His tenure witnessed significant challenges and triumphs, from navigating the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and the COVID pandemic to overseeing the completion of the building’s $375 million renovation and $1.35 billion expansion. Under his leadership, the Javits Center evolved into more than just a convention center; it became a symbol of sustainability, community partnership and economic vitality.

“Alan Steel’s selfless leadership guided the Javits Center through a transformative era, from its physical renaissance to navigating the challenges of the pandemic, leaving a lasting legacy for generations to come,” stated Javits Board Chair Lee Perlman.

During his tenure, Steel also modernized information technology infrastructure, championed sustainability initiatives, and played a pivotal role in the development of the event industry’s Net Zero Carbon Events Pledge. His visionary leadership has positioned the Javits Center as a national leader in sustainability, security and technology.

“When I came to the building, I had the benefit of being a previous customer, and was able to focus on customer experience and culture change as priorities,” said Steel. “I planned to be here for only 3 or 4 years, but change takes time and other issues and opportunities emerged. I have been truly fortunate to have the support of the Governor, the NYCCOC Board, and a strong leadership team to bring about meaningful change. ”

The retirement of Alan Steel marks the end of an era at the Javits Center. To ensure a seamless transition in leadership, Hugh Carey, Vice Chair of the Board, will lead a national search for Steel’s replacement. The transition process will begin in June, allowing ample time to identify and appoint a successor who will continue the Javits Center’s legacy of excellence.

As the Javits Center looks towards the future, it remains dedicated to its mission of hosting world-class events, fostering innovation and driving economic growth in the region. Following completion of its historic expansion project, the Javits Center attracts new generations of visitors and solidifies its position as a premier destination on Manhattan’s West Side.

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