Arena Events Group has appointed Chris Morris as chief executive of UK and Europe.

Morris has more than 20 years’ experience in the sports, leisure and hospitality sectors and will join Arena on March 19.

Morris was most recently managing director of the events and destinations division of CH and Co, the catering and hospitality group, and spent nine years working with the Rugby Football Union as managing director of Twickenham Experience, responsible for the sales and management of all match day hospitality services and non-match day events at Twickenham Stadium.

Greg Lawless, chief executive of Arena, said: “We are delighted to welcome Chris to the Arena team. He has held a number of senior executive positions within the sports, leisure and hospitality sectors and is very well known in the industry. Chris brings a wealth of knowledge to his new position and I believe he will be a great asset to the Arena Group as we continue to grow the UK division over the coming years.”