Posted on February 16, 2018 by staff

Theme park tech provider names new CEO


Acesso, a provider of virtual queuing and ticketing technology to global attractions including theme parks and ski resorts, has announced the appointment of a new CEO.

The AIM-listed company said Paul Noland, president and chief executive of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), will succeed Steve Brown as its CEO.

Noland is expected to join the board of Accesso on 9 April 2018, at which point Brown will step down but will continue to serve as an adviser throughout the year.

“I am excited to see the company that I have helped to build continue forward under the leadership of a person I have known, trusted and worked with for more than 20 years,” Brown said.

“I can think of no one better suited to lead Accesso to a position of international prominence than Paul Noland.”

Before starting his current role at IAAPA in 2013, Noland acted in a number of senior executive roles with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts during a 16-year tenure.

Prior to that, he spent more than a dozen years in leadership roles with Marriott International.

He said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Accesso at such an exciting time in its development. The Accesso team has built a fantastic business and I look forward to bringing my experience to bear in driving it forward.

“My background across the industry gives me a full sense of the opportunity Accesso has before it, and with the combination of outstanding technology and fantastic people already in place, I’m full of excitement about the future.”

Steve Brown has led Accesso since May 2016 after serving for three years as the group’s chief operating officer.

Executive chairman Tom Burnet said Brown’s leadership, vision and drive have been “fundamental to the creation of today’s global and integrated Accesso”.

He added: “We believe that Paul’s unmatched track-record, industry knowledge, relationships and passion for excellence make him exactly the right person to lead the next phase of our growth. I look forward to working closely with him as we continue to execute on our ambitious plans.”

Accesso operates from offices in Australia, North America, South America and Europe. In the UK, the company has bases in Belfast, London and Reading.