Helen-MantellatoAnnouncing the appointment of Helen Mantellato, AEG Ogden’s Director of Convention Centres, Geoff Donaghy said Ms. Mantellato brings to ICC Sydney exceptional knowledge and understanding of the international and domestic exhibition industry.

“She is a business-driven and sales focused professional with an impressive track record in attracting, retaining and managing major events in the competitive Australian and Sydney market,” he said.

Ms. Mantellato was previously with the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre since it opened in 1988 and was its Director of Sales (Exhibitions) for the past 10 years.

Ms. Mantellato has also received a number of professional and industry awards including a NSW Olympic Council Order of Merit in 2013, the Trevor Riddell President’s Award in 2009, the Outstanding Operations Person for NSW in 1997.

ICC Sydney will be operated by AEG Ogden, the leading venue management company in the Asia Pacific region and will feature a convention facility capable of holding four fully separated concurrent events of over 12,000 delegates and total exhibition capacity of 40,000 square metres. It is due for completion in December 2016.

Mr. Donaghy said the new venue, featuring waterfront facilities in a prime CBD location in Australia’s leading city, was destined to become one of the most exciting major convention and exhibition facilities in the world.

He said the ICC Sydney pre-opening office would soon be in place and recruitment of a number of other senior appointments to the management team will commence over the next few weeks.