STAMFORD, Conn., April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Centerplate, the global live event hospitality company serving more than 350 premier stadiums, convention centers and entertainment venues across North America and Europe, today announced the promotion of Adrian Dishington to the position of Chief Operating Officer of the company's U.K. operations. The move was announced following the departure of Adam Elliott, Executive Vice President of Centerplate and President of UK operations, who will remain in a consulting capacity during the transition.
Dishington brings more than two decades of experience in the hospitality industry, spanning fine dining, luxury hotel and travel properties, professional sports venues, and high-profile events. In his new role, reporting directly to Centerplate President and CEO Des Hague, Dishington will serve as the senior executive overseeing all Centerplate operations in the United Kingdom.
"Adrian is an outstanding leader with a track record of success in managing world-class hospitality enterprises," said Centerplate President and CEO, Des Hague. "His experience building high-performing teams and adding value to relationships with clients, partners and colleagues across an array of operations ranging from 4- and 5-star hotels and luxury cruise lines to the highest-profile events and most innovative fan experiences in sports makes him ideally-suited to lead the Centerplate team in delivering outstanding hospitality to our clients and guests."
In his most recent role as the executive overseeing Centerplate's portfolio in the Pacific Northwest, Dishington was responsible for the region's marquee venues, as well as several major capital initiatives—including the successful growth and renovation of the hospitality program at Seattle's Safeco Field, which has become recognized as one of the best ballparks in Major League Baseball for food and beverage. His experience with high-profile events includes fan hospitality at the Super Bowl, Major League Baseball's All-Star Game, the BCS Championship, and the Canadian Football League's Grey Cup.
"I am extraordinarily pleased to have been selected to lead this talented team," said Dishington. "It is an exciting opportunity at a pivotal moment in the company—to assume this responsibility and to work with exceptional clients and partners is a true honor."
Originally from Scotland, Dishington holds a degree in hospitality management from the University of Dundee.
Centerplate is a global leader in live event hospitality, "Making It Better To Be There®" for more than 115 million guests each year at more than 350 prominent entertainment, sports and convention venues across North America, Europe and the United Kingdom. Centerplate has provided event hospitality services to 30 official U.S. Presidential Inaugural Balls, 13 Super Bowls, 21 World Series, the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, and the largest plated dinner in history at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Centennial Celebration. Within the last year, Centerplate has added a new division in the United Kingdom, expanded to heritage venues across Scotland, signed a joint venture to serve the new home of Spain's Atletico de Madrid football club, and through its wholly-owned subsidiary Fifth Dining, the food and beverage partner for Saks Fifth Avenue, launched in Chicago the first Sophie's at Saks Fifth Avenue restaurant. Visit the company online at www.centerplate.com, or connect via Twitter @centerplate or Facebook /centerplate.