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Amadeus announces two senior appointments as business grows

Paul Bate, Operations Director Home Venues

Amadeus has made two new senior appointments reflecting the rapid growth in its event and venue catering portfolio.

Paul Bate will take up the post of Operations Director for Amadeus’ ‘home venues’ – this includes managing the catering for four million visitors per year at the NEC Group venues (the NEC, the ICC, Genting Arena, Arena Birmingham and Vox Conference Centre).

A commercially minded leader with years of senior-level venue experience, Bate previously held the position of Catering General Manager at the NEC for six years. During this role he spearheaded a number of initiatives including the introduction of ‘The Edge’, a new customer retail concept, to the venue. To date, £5.5 million has been invested in rolling out the concept across the NEC’s 20 exhibition halls – a move which is delivering £500,000 profit per annum for Amadeus.

Peter Watson, Operations Director External Venues

In addition, Peter Watson has been appointed Operations Director, External Venues – a newly created role reflecting the expansion of this side

of the business. He brings with him a wealth of industry experience, having clocked up over 30 years in the hospitality business, including spending 12 years managing catering operations within the motorway services industry.

In his role, Watson will manage a varied portfolio of venues for Amadeus, including Cadbury World, Belfast Zoo, Belfast Castle, Compton Verney, Library of Birmingham and the newly contracted Stratford Racecourse among others. Alongside this, he will oversee Amadeus’ events arm of the business which sees the team deliver hundreds of private and corporate events each year including a number of high profile, internationally renowned sporting tournaments.

The appointments have been made following five years of impressive business growth under Managing Director Kevin Watson’s leadership. Since 2012, the company has evolved from a £25 million to a £47 million business with a 239 per cent growth in profit.


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