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Ardent Leisure Main Event CEO to step down

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Main Event – Ardent Leisure’s US business – has announced the retirement of its CEO Charlie Keegan. He will step down in November.

The theme park operator has not disclosed the reason for Keegan’s departure. Ardent Leisure says he will consult for the business over the next 12 months in order to ensure a smooth transition.

Charlie Keegan has been involved with Main Event since 2006.

Business News Australia reports that Ardent managing director, Kelly, said: “During that time Charlie has transformed Main Event Entertainment from a six-centre bowling concept in Texas to a leading entertainment company with 38 centres operating across the US.”

No successor has been named – and Ardent has launched a global search for its new US head.

Keegan says he is confident that the business will still continue to be successful after he steps down from the position as CEO.

“The company has a strong leadership team in place and I have every confidence in their ability to ensure the company’s continued success,” Keegan says.

Ardent Leisure is one of Australia’s most successful leisure and entertainment groups. They are the owners and operators of leisure attractions including Dreamworld, WhiteWater World & SkyPoint theme parks and attractions. They also own and operate AMF and Kingpin Bowling, as well as Main Event.

Ardent posted a net loss after tax of $62.6 million in 2017. The company was impacted by the Dreamworld ride tragedy.

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Michael Mander

Michael Mander

I am a journalist from Essex, England. I enjoy travelling, and love exploring attractions around the world. I graduated from Lancaster University in 2018. Twitter @michael_mander.

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