Ardent Leisure Group (ASX:AAD) announces the resignation of Mr Simon Kelly as the Group’s Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director.
Mr Kelly said, “It has been a pleasure to lead the Group and I am pleased that we have made real progress on our strategic and operational priorities. I remain very positive about the potential of the Group’s businesses.”
Ardent Leisure Group Chairman, Dr Gary Weiss noted “The Board of Directors is disappointed with Simon’s resignation and would like to thank him for his contribution to the Group and wish him well in the future.”
Mr Geoff Richardson, the Group’s Chief Financial Officer will assume the role of Interim Chief Executive Officer immediately. The Board will promptly commence the search for a new Chief Executive Officer.
Following Mr Kelly’s resignation, Mr Brad Richmond (non-executive director) will assume responsibility for overseeing Main Event until the previously announced search for a US-based CEO for this business is complete. Brad has extensive operational experience in the leisure and entertainment sectors in the United States, and will work actively with the existing management team to drive the Main Event business and implement the strategy that has been agreed with the Board.
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