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
Craig joined Ardent as CEO of the Theme Park division in September 2013. Previously he held the role of Executive General Manager Destination Development at Tourism Australia with responsibility for Industry Development, Investment Attraction and Aviation Capacity in Australia’s Tourism Industry.
Before Tourism Australia, he was the Chief Executive Officer of nature based, experiential tourism company Anthology, which owned and operated award winning attractions in South Australia and Tasmania. Craig has a further 10 years experience at an Executive level with both Hamilton Island and Voyages Hotels and Resorts.
Along with his operations experience, Craig has also been involved in a number of tourism related bodies at the Regional and National level in varying capacities.
Bronwyn Weir was appointed to the position of Company Secretary of the Group on 10 April 2017. Prior to being appointed Company Secretary, Bronwyn was the Assistant Company Secretary since 21 November 2014. Before joining the Group, Bronwyn was Assistant Company Secretary at the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
Bronwyn holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Graduate Certificate in Commercial Law from Deakin University; a Certificate in Governance Practice and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia.