Mike McKenna, who played a major role in the launch of the Big Bash cricket tournament, has been confirmed as chief executive of the under-construction Perth Stadium in Australia.

McKenna, who has been appointed by venue management and hospitality firm VenuesLive, takes on the role after serving in various senior executive positions at the Cricket Australia national governing body and Aussie rules football club Essendon over the past 20 years.

Due to begin his new role in November, McKenna will lead the 60,000-capacity stadium that is now more than 50 per cent complete. Perth Stadium will play host to Aussie rules football, cricket, football, rugby union, rugby league and entertainment events.

“Working with the WA Government, footy clubs, cricket and other sporting codes, the plan is to deliver the best sporting and entertainment experiences for the people of Perth, WA and Australia,” McKenna said, according to Yahoo.

David Etherton, chief executive VenuesWest, the governance agency for Perth Stadium, added: “Mike’s experiences with stadiums globally and nationally give him a broad reference that will support him to lead the Perth Stadium team to deliver world-class experiences for fans and hirers alike.”