The Royal Albert Hall has appointed Craig Hassall AM, currently CEO of Opera Australia, as its new Chief Executive. He will be succeeding Chris Cotton, who retires in March. AEM International are very proud to have been involved in the search for this appointment.
Craig Hassall has worked in the performing arts for over 28 years and has a longstanding association with the Hall through several previous roles.
Announcing the appointment, the Hall’s President, Jon Moynihan OBE said, “As we look towards the Hall’s 150th Anniversary, we are setting an ambitious plan for our future and I’m delighted that Craig will be joining us to lead the team to define and deliver that vision. My thanks go to Chris Cotton whose great leadership over the last 7 years has ensured that the Hall has grown dramatically both in shows and financial performance over his successful tenure.”
Commenting on his appointment, Craig Hassall said, “It has been a privilege to work in the performing arts for my entire career. To now be offered the opportunity to manage one of the most iconic venues in the world surpasses everything. The Royal Albert Hall embodies all that is fundamental to my view of the arts – awe inspiring, aspirational and most importantly, accessible and embedded in the fabric of London. The Royal Albert Hall has been such a significant part of the life of artists and audiences for over a century and will be into the future. I am very much looking forward to working with the President, Jon Moynihan, the Council and the terrific team at the Hall as we take the charity towards its sesquicentenary in 2021.”
Craig Hassall will take up his position early in the new year 2017. www.royalalberthall.com