A round-up of key appointments from within the sports and events industries over the past week.
English Premiership rugby union club Northampton Saints has appointed Lee Gibbons as its new commercial director. Gibbons joins the club having previously spent nine years working for German sportswear company Adidas, as well as holding senior commercial positions at the IMG agency.
The Saints further strengthened their commercial team by appointing Will Peasgood as head of retail. Peasgood will report to Gibbons and joins the Saints after 12 years at Premier League football club West Bromwich Albion.
Phil Townsend, managing director of communications at Premier League club Manchester United, has agreed a deal to take up a similar role with UEFA, the governing body of European football. Townsend has spent 14 years at United and will take up his new position in June.
Blockchain ticketing solutions provider Aventus, a London-based organisation, has announced that Andrew Ford will become its new chief marketing officer. Ford has had a 20-year career in the B2B and B2C technology industry.
AFL Aussie rules football club the Western Bulldogs has appointed Sue Clark as its new chief operating officer. Clark joins the Bulldogs from the Geelong Cats, where she held the same role from 2014. She will replace Michael Quinn at the Bulldogs. Clark will oversee the club’s financial operations, as well as major projects such as the club’s redevelopment plans at its training base – Victoria University Whitten Oval – and general venue management.
Mike Gomes, formerly of AMB Sports and Entertainment, which operates the recently-opened Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, has taken up a new role as chief experience officer at Atlanta-based apartment operator Cortland Partners.
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