Sep 5, 2016

John Langford Appointed VP and General Manager of The O2

John Langford appointed Vice President/General Manager

of The O2

Former SECC Director of Live Entertainment begins November 1

AEG Europe President Tom Miserendino today announced that John Langford has been

appointed VP and General Manager of The O2, taking up the position on November 1.

Langford joins the venue following three years in the position of Director of Live

Entertainment at The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow, including The

SSE Hydro arena.

Leading the team at The O2, John will be responsible for the overall operational

management, commercial delivery, event booking and content creation at the London venue

as well as setting the vision and strategy. Reporting directly to AEG Europe’s SVP Facilities,

Richard Krezwick, John takes over as the venue approaches its tenth birthday in 2017.

At the SECC, John’s leadership was pivotal in transforming The SSE Hydro into one of the

world’s leading entertainment venues, during which time the arena significantly added to

group profitably and economic impact for the City of Glasgow. Prior to the SECC, John

spent seven years as Chief Operating Officer at BIG Concerts International, Africa’s premier

concert promoter and previously at senior management roles in the commercial radio


Commenting on his new role John Langford said:

“I am incredibly excited to be joining the team at AEG and The O2. I have always admired

the impact that The O2 has on the live entertainment industry and I am greatly honoured that

I can play a part in the future growth of this iconic venue. I will miss my colleagues at the

SECC tremendously and I wish them well as their incredibly successful journey continues.”

Richard Krezwick, SVP AEG Europe Facilities added:

"With John’s knowledge of the music and entertainment business world and his proven track

record in the venue management business, I know he’ll do a fantastic job. John inherits a

tremendously talented team at The O2 which will certainly make for a seamless transition

and a bright future ahead.”

For further information:

Barney Hooper, Director of Communications.

[email protected]

020 8463 2127

About The O2:

The O2 is the world’s most popular music and entertainment venue. Since opening in 2007, it has

been visited by more than 60 million people and picked up awards including: Venue of the Year at the

Music Week Awards, Venue of the Year at the Event Awards, Venue of the Year at the AEO Awards,

Pollstar International Arena of the Year (nine consecutive years), Venue Team of the Year at the

Event Awards, Best New Major Concert Venue, Venue of the Year at The Event Services Association

and Favourite Venue at the TPI Awards.

In addition to the arena, The O2 is also home to indigo at The O2, a live performance space; an 11-

screen Cineworld complex; Up at The O2 – an experience that allows visitors to walk across the roof

of The O2; Brooklyn Bowl - a 12-lane bowling alley, 800 capacity live music space and 130 cover

restaurant, and The Avenue, which features 26 bars and restaurants.