Oak View Group has announced the appointment of Wesley Cullen as vice president of international venue development. Cullen will be based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and will report to Brian Kabatznick, OVG’s executive vice president of business development, facilities international.
Cullen will identify and develop sports and entertainment venues worldwide, including new venue opportunities and purchasing existing facilities, and will assume her new role effective immediately.
“We are thrilled to have Wesley join our international venue development team,” Kabatznick said. “As a highly respected arena executive we welcome her management expertise, passion to support OVG’s environmental initiatives and commitment to working in wonderful global cities.”
With more than two decades of experience in international business, venue operations and design, touring, premium experiences and branding, Cullen will play a role in expanding OVG’s portfolio of sports and entertainment venues worldwide.
“It is an exciting time to join this talented team to lead the industry in sustainability and inclusion as we positively disrupt this field we are so passionate about,” Cullen said. “I am honored to work alongside Brian and learn from one of our industry’s masters of international development. OVG is phenomenal at opening doors for others and has built a team of superstars that I feel privileged to join.”
Before joining OVG, Cullen served as general manager of Casa Bacardi visitor center in Puerto Rico. Prior to that, Cullen worked for El San Juan Hotel, a beachfront property in Puerto Rico, where she was chief experience officer. Before moving to Puerto Rico, she managed international live events for World Wrestling Entertainment.
“Wesley is known as a positive disruptor and community leader who is passionate about the power of diversity and making good things happen,” said Francesca Bodie, president of business development, Oak View Group. “I’m pleased to welcome her to our world-class team and excited to see her effectively accelerate our global growth.”