STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--WWE (NYSE:WWE) today announced the appointment of David Bailey as General Manager of the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, FL. Bailey, who previously served as General Manager of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Blue Unit at Feld Entertainment, will report directly to WWE’s Senior Vice President of Talent Relations and Development, Jane Geddes.
As General Manager of the Performance Center, Bailey will oversee the day-to-day operations of the 26,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility, and will work with WWE senior executives to manage the development of the NXT Superstars training at the Center. In addition, Bailey will work with WWE executives to enhance WWE’s relationship with Full Sail University as well as other key partners in the Central Florida region.
While at Feld, Bailey managed more than 350 people including staff, crew and performers, and acted as a conduit between the unit, talent directors, production management and executive management. In addition, Bailey was responsible for overseeing all the operational aspects of the show as well as animal welfare, budgets, and unit movement from city to city.
Prior to Feld, Bailey held management positions at Kohler Company and Siemens VDO. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Management of Technology from Athens State University and will reside in the Orlando area.
With 26,000 square-feet, seven training rings, a world-class strength and conditioning program and cutting-edge edit and production facilities, the Performance Center gives WWE the ability to train more potential performers than ever before through a comprehensive program including in-ring training, physical preparedness and character development. The center is the training ground for talent that includes former professional and collegiate athletes, Olympians and entertainers, and offers a best-in-class sports medicine program creating a central location for all WWE talent to receive the best care both in and out of the ring.
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