Accesso Technology has appointed former Disney senior vice president Royce Paul Noland Jr as its new chief executive.

Current chief executive Steve Brown is to step down, with Noland, current president of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), set to take up the role in April.

Brown has led Accesso, whose clients include Alton Towers and Legoland, since May 2016 after serving for three years as chief operating officer.

Brown will step down from the Accesso Board concurrently with Noland’s arrival, but will continue to serve as an advisor to both Noland and the Accesso board throughout 2018.

“I am excited to see the company that I have helped to build continue forward under the leadership of a person I have known, trusted and worked with for more than 20 years,” Brown said. “I can think of no one better suited to lead Accesso to a position of international prominence than Paul Noland.”

Tom Burnet, executive chairman of Accesso, added: “We thank Steve for the outstanding contribution he has made to Accesso’s prosperity during his tenure.

“His leadership, vision and drive have been fundamental to the creation of today’s global and integrated Accesso and I have enjoyed working with him enormously. His decision to stay on as an advisor to Paul and the Board will ensure a smooth transition and we wish him all the best in his next endeavours.

“We believe that Paul’s unmatched track-record, industry knowledge, relationships and passion for excellence make him exactly the right person to lead the next phase of our growth. I look forward to working closely with him as we continue to execute on our ambitious plans.”

Noland also said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Accesso at such an exciting time in its development. The Accesso team has built a fantastic business and I look forward to bringing my experience to bear in driving it forward.

“My background across the industry gives me a full sense of the opportunity Accesso has before it, and with the combination of outstanding technology and fantastic people already in place, I’m full of excitement about the future.”

accesso’s CTO Eric Petrusic will be speaking at Europe’s biggest ticketing meeting on 17-18 April – TheTicketingBusiness Forum.