Peter King, chief executive of Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, has announced that he will leave his role after eleven years.
King’s achievements at MCEC included bringing the popular Good Friday charity appeal to the centre, overseeing the venue’s expansion, delivering record revenue for MCEC and economic impact for the state of Victoria, driving sustainability in business events and transforming the organisation during the pandemic.
He will remain with the venue as it manages the transition in roles emerging from the latest stage of the pandemic and to allow Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust to recruit a new CEO.
In 2014 MCEC officially became the home of the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal, one of Australia’s most important and life-changing fundraising events.
In 2018 King led the A$205 million expansion of the venue to increase event space by 25 per cent MCEC’s total size to 70,000 square metres, the largest centre of its kind in the southern hemisphere.
King steered MCEC into joining the Melbourne Renewable Energy Project in 2018, which enabled the 20,000sqm expansion space at MCEC being powered with renewable energy. A year later, the business recovered more than 68 tonnes of food waste and donated over 74,000 meals to food rescue organisation, OzHarvest.
During his time at MCEC Peter was focused on maximising the venue’s impact for Melbourne and Victoria, and in 2019 it had a record economic impact of more than $1.1 billion to the state’s economy.