September 12, 2022 | By Bronwen Largier

More personnel changes are afoot for The Venues Collection, which manages several iconic event venues in Sydney.

Following the retirement of Sandra Swan, the departure of Tina Eggers for BESydney and the recruitment of Lilu Fu to Swan’s vacated role of director of international sales, the venue business has picked up well-known industry personality El Kwang as its chief commercial officer.

Kwang, who used to work for micenet’s publisher, Business & Tourism Publishing, has also headed up content and event experience business BEAM in Asia, and was chief marketing officer for SongDivision from December 2021 until last month. He has recently handed over leadership of BEAM to co-founder Kiat Chua and wrapped up a three-year tenure as vice president of finance and development on the Society of Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) Global board of directors.

“El’s dedication and generosity to the global business events, tourism and hospitality sectors has made an indelible mark on many businesses around the world,” said CEO of The Venues Collection, Christopher Drivas.

“His deep experience and international insights will be vital to shaping the future of our company, and I’m delighted to be working with him.

“El brings a focus, and energy hard to match, and I’m excited about the possibilities for The Venues Collection with El on board.”

After a decade living in Southeast Asia, Kwang will relocate to Sydney to take on his new role, leading a team of 40.

“I am beyond excited to be returning home and to work with this team of talented professionals. We are in the business of providing a space where people can gather and connect meaningfully,” said Kwang.

The Venues Collection manages the likes of 12-Micron in Barangaroo and Watersedge at Campbell’s Stores, which sits right on Sydney Harbour between the Overseas Passenger Terminal and the Park Hyatt in the Rocks.