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Industry moves: New PCO GM and SkyCity appoints interim leadership in New Zealand

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Industry moves: New PCO GM and SkyCity appoints interim leadership in New Zealand
VMS Event & Conference Logistics has a new general manager while SkyCity is still searching for its next leader.

Leadership transition underway at VMS

Amy Venardos has been appointed as the general manager of VMS Event & Conference Logistics, after seven years with the business.

“Amy arrived at VMS in 2017 as an intern, primarily to complete her Advanced Diploma of Hospitality, and has proved to be a very intelligent and forthright young woman who projects an aura of leadership well beyond her years,” said Libby Schrafft, owner of VMS and the company’s managing director.

“She has progressed her way through the company from the grassroots of the business and across all disciplines. Amy fully understands the practical application and delivery of the business, and she also has the commercial understanding to take the business into the future.”

 Venardos says she is looking forward to capitalising on new opportunity for VMS.

“Technology and the changing nature of the Australian workforce continue to provide opportunities for a PCO that taps into how people want to engage, learn and interact,” she said.

“I’m very much looking forward to continuing to build the company in this new environment that is filled with opportunity.”

Interim leadership for SkyCity

Meanwhile, at SkyCity in New Zealand, with the departure of the company’s CEO, Michael Ahearne, in early March, Callum Mallett will step in as interim CEO, as the search continues for Ahearne’s permanent replacement.

Mallett has been with SkyCity since 2006 and has been the chief operating officer for New Zealand since February 2021.

SkyCity’s board chair, Julian Cook, will provide executive support on a part time basis until a permanent CEO for SkyCity is found.

SkyCity’s general manager of table games in Auckland, Brad Burnett, will step in as interim COO while Mallett looks after the top job.

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