Mr Donaghy was elected President of the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC) at its annual meeting in Cape Town, South Africa.
Brussels based AIPC comprises more than 170 of the world’s leading facilities across 55 countries with a network of 900 active senior management-level executives.
A board member for the past eight years and vice-president for the past six, Mr Donaghy succeeds outgoing president, Mr Edgar Hirt from Hamburg, Germany and is joined by directors from the UK, Europe, USA and Singapore.
As AEG Ogden’s Director of Convention Centres (now numbering eight under management), Mr Donaghy has been a strong advocate for encouraging and recognising excellence in venue management.
Mr Donaghy said from Cape Town that the association is in a very sound financial position with a stable and clearly defined global membership.
"So we are now able to further advance the important role convention centres play in economic, academic and professional development while expanding on education, training and networking programs for our members."
Mr Donaghy will also assume the CEO position of the new USD1 billion International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney project at Darling Harbour which commences construction in December this year.
He said while it was a great honour and privilege to be recognised by his global peers, the appointment was equally a recognition of the profile, even at this early stage, of the ICC and the Darling Harbour Live project’s role in establishing Sydney as Australia’s global city.
AEG Ogden is a joint venture between Australian venue management interests and AEG Facilities of the United States. AEG Ogden manages venues throughout the Asia Pacific region, including convention centres in Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Kuala Lumpur, Qatar, Oman (under construction), Sydney (construction commencing 2014) and the Sydney Exhibition Centre at Glebe Island (from February 2014); arenas including Sydney’s Allphones Arena, the Sydney Entertainment Centre (from December 2013), the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, the Newcastle Entertainment Centre and Perth Arena; Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane; and live theatres including Perth’s His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth Concert Hall, the WA State Theatre Centre, Albany Entertainment Centre, and Subiaco Arts Centre.