Geoff Donaghy, event and venue management company ASM Global’s group director of convention centres in the Asia-Pacific region and chief executive of the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney, has been inducted into the US-based Event Industry Council’s (EIC) Hall of Leaders.

Donaghy’s leadership credentials include serving two terms as president of the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC) and being a longstanding member of the executive committee of the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC). 

His CV also includes acting as both a board member and deputy chair of the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA). 

Harvey Lister, chairman and chief executive of ASM Global Asia Pacific, said: “Geoff’s career achievements span decades and include championing the development of several major venues in Australia for ASM Global such as the Cairns Convention Centre, Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium and ICC Sydney. 

“Geoff was also heavily involved in the company’s securing of the convention centre partnership in Los Angeles and Hawaii, today part of the ASM Global portfolio of 330+ venues across five continents.” 

Lister added: “He has long been a strong advocate for business events specifically, uplifting their importance globally, but never before has his leadership of the sector been more pronounced than recently during one of the most challenging periods in our sector’s history.” 

Greg O’Dell, who is president of the AIPC, submitted Donaghy for the lifetime achievement award.

O’Dell said: “Geoff is a true events industry aficionado, always generously sharing his wealth of knowledge to elevate the industry in which he works and where his passion lies. He has been instrumental in elevating the events industry globally and nationally.” 

A gala celebration for the EIC Hall of Leaders will take place at IMEX America on November 7 in Las Vegas.

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