Pictured: outgoing chair John Early
John Early has stepped down as chairman of Manchester Central after 12 years.
Charlie Cornish, chief executive of Manchester Airport Group (MAG), is to succeed Early after joining the board in 2015.
Early, founding partner of urban regeneration company Genr8 Developments, helped steer the venue through a major redevelopment and rebranding project; when the city’s dedicated exhibition venue was combined with its international conference centre to become Manchester Central.
Angie Robinson, CEO of Manchester Central, said: “John has played a significant role in shaping Manchester Central into the world class venue it is today. Although we are sad to see him step down, Charlie’s appointment provides us with a great opportunity to further establish our position within the city and work even closer with other leading businesses to develop our offer.”