Group Chief Financial Officer
Darin joined the Group in March 2017 as Chief Financial Officer for Main Event Entertainment and was appointed Group Chief Financial Officer on 4 June 2018. Darin has over 20 years of finance experience spending most of his career in consumer retail and hospitality brands. He most recently served as Chief Financial Officer for On the Border Mexican Grill and Cantina, a multi-unit casual dining concept with over 160 restaurants in 28 states and two countries. Prior to that, Darin was Principal Accounting Officer and Vice President, Controller at Chuck E Cheese’s while the company was a publicly-traded entity (NYSE: CEC) with over 500 entertainment centers. Darin also spent time with international brands RadioShack (NYSE: RSH), FedEx Office (NYSE: FDX), and PricewaterhouseCoopers in various financial roles with increasing responsibilities. Darin will continue to act as Chief Financial Officer for Main Event Entertainment.
President and Chief Executive Officer of Main Event Entertainment
Chris joined the Group as President and CEO of the Family Entertainment division, Main Event Entertainment, in March 2018. Previously Chris held the role of President of California Pizza Kitchen, a leading casual dining brand operating 260 restaurants in 30 states and 12 countries worldwide. Before California Pizza Kitchen, Chris was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina, and joined the company at the time it was acquired by a private equity firm. Chris previously held senior executive and finance roles at CEC Entertainment Inc. (owners of Chuck E. Cheese’s and Peter Piper Pizza), NPC International Inc. and Applebee’s International Inc. Chris brings over 20 years of experience with multisite businesses, including over six years in the family entertainment business. He brings extensive experience in brand revitalization strategies, operational execution and new unit development. He has successfully opened over 200 units with five different businesses.
Chief Executive Officer of Theme Parks
John was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Theme Parks division in November 2018. John brings a wealth of experience to the Group having held CEO, senior executive and board positions in the leisure, tourism and hospitality sectors for over 25 years. His previous roles include CEO of ASX-listed Lantern Hotel Group, CEO of NextGen Health and Lifestyle Clubs, CEO of Accor Vacation Club, CEO of Recreational Tourism Group, COO of Burswood International Resort Casino (now Crown Perth) and CEO of Mingara Recreation Club.
Group General Counsel and Company Secretary
Chris was appointed to the position of Company Secretary on 20 January 2021. He has acted as Group General Counsel for the Ardent Leisure Group since March 2014. Chris holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland and has over 20 years’ experience as a practising lawyer, both in private practice and in-house roles.