The ACC Liverpool Group appoints new board chair

Former Liverpool Football Club chief executive Ian Ayre has joined The ACC Liverpool Group as chair of the board.

ACC Liverpool Group has appointed former Liverpool Football Club chief executive Ian Ayre
ACC Liverpool Group has appointed former Liverpool Football Club chief executive Ian Ayre

The organisation, which is home to BT Convention Centre, Echo Arena, Exhibition Centre Liverpool and ticketing agency TicketQuarter, has announced that he will take over from current chair David McDonnell, who is stepping down after seven years in the role.

Ayre resigned from his role as LFC chief executive at the end of February to take over as managing director of German football club TSV 1860 Munich. He has also held senior executive roles at Total Sports Asia and the Liverpool City Region Visitor Economy board.

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Speaking about the appointment, Bob Prattey, chief executive of The ACC Liverpool Group, said: "We are extremely grateful to David who has been a fantastic chair since he was appointed in 2010. Ian is the perfect candidate to take over this role thanks to his comprehensive experience at commercial organisations and high profile venues such as Liverpool Football Club.

Ayre added:"I am honoured to have been appointed chair of The ACC Liverpool Group board as I embark on the next phase of my professional career. It was important to me on leaving Liverpool Football Club to remain involved with the city when my day to day role will now move to Munich, Germany. I can think of no better organisation than The ACC Liverpool Group to allow me to continue to make a contribution to the region.

The ACC Liverpool Group has generated £1.2bn in economic impact to the city region since it opened in 2008, hosting numerous conferences and events for major brands. 

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