ASM Global has appointed Martin McInulty as General Manager of the first direct Arena in Leeds.
McInulty has worked at ASM Global-operated first direct Arena for five years, where he has worked as Head of Operations.
With 20 years’ experience working in the events and entertainment industry, McInulty’s career has included roles at Leeds Town Hall, The Carriageworks Theatre, and Harrogate Convention Centre. In his new role, McInulty, alongside his team, will continue to grow the arena’s reputation in the city, cementing it as a must-play destination for all major touring artists.
Marie Lindqvist, SVP Operations Europe of ASM Global said:
I am very pleased that we have appointed Martin McInulty as the new General Manager for our state-of-the-art arena in Leeds. Martin joined the team in Leeds in 2017 and has been instrumental in developing the arena to become hugely popular among fans, bands and promoters. With our strong team in Leeds, Martin’s long and broad experience and his passion for the arena and the community I am truly excited about the future for first direct Arena.
I have lived and worked in Leeds for over 20 years and I have a real passion for the city. I started my events career at Leeds Town Hall in 2000. In this time, I have worked at some of the region’s most iconic venues.
I have always felt privileged to work at the first direct Arena and I am genuinely thrilled to be taking on the new role as General Manager. We have a great team in Leeds who are dedicated to enhancing the arena’s reputation as a must-play venue. This year promises to be one of our busiest and I look forward to bringing some of the world’s biggest musical artists to Leeds in the future.”
He commenced his new role this month as the first direct Arena, Leeds, and looks ahead to a busy and exciting year, with major live music events from world class artists including Diana Ross, Kaiser Chiefs, Rod Stewart and more.
PSAM editor John Sheehan caught up with Yves De Cocker, Managing Director of PitchTecConcept, who explains how his company bridges the gap between sports organisations and the technology used in the playing surface industry.
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The interview covers:
Yves 20+ years industry leading experience in the evolution of hybrid grass, trends he has noticed and some of the notable projects he has been involved with
The key reasons for Yves launching PitchTecConcept
Common mistakes often made with playing surface management
The steps he offers as a bridge between the industry and the end user
Advice to clubs looking to maximise their event calendars without compromising on the performance of their playing surface