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ASM Global appoints Caroline Ginnane as GM of Utilita Arena Newcastle

ASM Global, a producer of entertainment experiences, venue management and event strategy, has appointed Caroline Ginnane as general manager of the Utilita Arena Newcastle.

Ginnane has been working as the venue’s interim GM, head of sales and marketing, and now takes a step-up to the leadership role of GM. Originally from London, Ginnane emigrated to New Zealand following her gap year working in hospitality. In New Zealand, Ginnane headed up ownership and operations of a 250-cover restaurant, running a business with a staff of 100+ people, delivering weddings, parties and other occasions alongside the restaurant’s fine dining offering. Since then, she has continued to broaden her experience in hospitality, working across venues including theatre, arenas, stadia and large community venues in the UK, New Zealand, and Doha. In these varied venues, Ginnane developed her expertise in event management and operations, sales and marketing, hospitality, business development and catering, while delving into a whole host of event experiences including sport, music, live shows, TV and C&E. With a career that has taken her around the world, she moved to Newcastle from Doha in 2018 and joined the Utilita Arena Newcastle.

Marie Lindqvist, SVP Operations Europe of ASM Global, said: “I’m delighted that Caroline remains an integral part of the Utilita Arena team, taking up her new role as the venue looks ahead to an exciting 2023. Caroline has demonstrated exceptional business acumen and leadership skills, and always works with such positive energy – skills which undoubtedly make her a fantastic fit for this role. The North East is an important market for ASM Global – with a busy Utilita Arena and the development of The Sage, and alongside our senior team members like Caroline, we have great confidence for the future here. Congratulations to Caroline from all at ASM Global!”

Ginnane said of her appointment: “I am thrilled to be taking on the role of permanent General Manager at the Utilita Arena Newcastle as part of the ASM Global family. I am fortunate to work alongside an incredibly passionate and talented team and we will continue to work together to deliver incredible events for the North East region.”

She will commence her new role from January 2023, as the venue gets set for a busy 2023, with major live music events taking place including Lewis Capaldi, Peter Kay, Kiss, 1975, Chris and Rosie Ramsey and much more.