Arena Group has welcomed John Farrell to the senior management team as the new group chief operating officer.

Reporting to group CEO, Greg Lawless, Farrell, who brings a strong business track record to the group, most recently worked for Morrison Utility Services managing the acquisition and integration of a number of acquisitions projects throughout the UK. Previously, Farrell also worked as business director with both Amey and Enterprise, where he worked as a group asset director. His development of large-scale integrated contracts saw him leading more than 2,500 people delivering complex infrastructure services to blue chip clients.

Lawless said: “We are delighted to have secured the appointment of John as his breadth of business experience will further bolster a strong senior management team and enhance the Group’s international expansion capabilities in line with our ambitious growth and acquisition plans.”

Farrell added: “I join Arena Group at an exciting time given the most recent growth of the business which includes the addition of the five year contract for the PGA Championships in the US as well as the recent acquisition of Wernick Event’s seating and mass participation divisions. I look forward to working with the board to help oversee further expansion of the Group’s international offering to the events industry and continuing to put our customers and people at the heart of what we do.”