John Langford has been appointed VP and general manager of London’s The O2.
Langford (pictured), who takes up the position on November 1, joins the AEG-operated venue after three years as director of live entertainment at the SECC in Glasgow, including The SSE Hydro arena. The news was announced by AEG Europe president Tom Miserendino.
“I am incredibly excited to be joining the team at AEG and The O2,” said Langford, who succeeds Rebecca Kane Burton in the role. “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.”
Leading the team at The O2, Langford will be responsible for the overall operational management, commercial delivery, event booking and content creation at the venue, as well as setting the vision and strategy. He will report directly to AEG Europe’s SVP Facilities, Richard Krezwick.
Prior to the SECC, Langford spent seven years as chief operating officer at BIG Concerts International, Africa’s premier concert promoter and previously held senior management roles in the commercial radio industry.
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.”
Upcoming concerts at the London venue, the world's busiest arena, include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Biffy Clyro, Bring Me The Horizon, The 1975 and Olly Murs.