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Etihad Stadium CFO joins PMY Group amidst international expansion

PMY Group (PMY), one of Australia’s leading technology enhancement firms, has announced that Etihad Stadium’s Chief Financial Officer, Chris Charleson, is to join their growing executive team in the role of Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

PMY has grown to employ more than 30 staff and a number of expert consultants across Australia and New Zealand and is progressively expanding into European and Asian markets.

The appointment of Chris rounds an important period for PMY where it has re-structured its management team to ready the foundation for accelerated expansion.

Led by Managing Director Paul Yeomans, the Company’s executive team now includes senior personnel from a broad range of industries and professional disciplines, including sports marketing, venue management, infrastructure, information technology and professional services.

Chris qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse (now PwC) in Nottingham, UK. He went on to spend 15 years with the company working in the UK, Europe, USA and latterly Australia, with the last 5 years of that time within the entertainment and media specialism.

Chris left PwC in 2003 to become the CFO and company secretary of a listed retail company and after 3 years was appointed the CFO at Ticketek, Australia’s largest ticketing agency. He held a variety of roles at Ticketek including CFO, Chief Operating Officer and interim Chief Executive Officer.

After leaving Ticketek, Chris launched a start-up corporate ticketing venture before becoming the CFO of Etihad Stadium in 2013 where he was responsible for legal, finance, human resources, ticketing and information technology.

Charleston said of his appointment:

I’m thrilled to be joining PMY. They have proved themselves to be leaders in this innovative area of stadium and mass public technology.

My path has crossed with many of the PMY team as part of my role at Etihad Stadium and I’m eager to reconnect with them as a permanent member of the business, particularly at such an exciting time of their development.

The newly structured Group CFO role will encompass the core responsibilities of financial reporting and management, audit, compliance and risk management. Chris will additionally play a key role in corporate portfolio management, investment and capital allocation, and strategy across all of the group entities.

Paul Yeomans, Managing Director, PMY Group, said:

Chris will be instrumental to the PMY global expansion strategy, our continuing corporatisation, and the launch of some major new media and event ventures in coming months.

He will take executive leadership of the financial and corporate aspects across our group of businesses and add enormous value to our clients via his unique set of financial, operational, and commercial experiences.

We are absolutely delighted to have him on board.

PMY Group Director, Paul Sergeant, is one of the industry experts that will be joining the special roundtable discussion on ‘Maximising Revenues: Turning your venue from a cost centre to a profit centre’ that will take place on Day 3 of Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016. For further information, visit: www.saevents.uk.com