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Industry appointments round-up: May 12-18

A round-up of key appointments from within the sports and events industries over the past week.

UEFA, the governing body of European football, is seeking new ticketing staff ahead of the Euro 2020 national team tournament. UEFA is searching for a customer service operations manager, online sales promotion manager, web operations manager and web operations specialist. More details can be found here.

After 19 years, Tery Howard has stepped down from her role as senior vice-president/chief technology officer at NFL team the Miami Dolphins. Most recently she led technology aspects over the three-year redevelopment of the Dolphins’ home at Hard Rock Stadium (pictured). Howard told TheStadiumBusiness that she will be applying her experience through a new consulting business, with a particular focus on the digital transformation challenge at sports and entertainment businesses. One of the few female technology leaders in sports, she joins us at TheStadiumBusiness Summit next month in Manchester where she’ll recount some of the key lessons and projects delivered during her near two decades with the Dolphins.

AMB Sports and Entertainment (AMBSE) has promoted Greg Beadles to the position of executive vice-president and chief operating officer to lead all day-to-day business operations across its portfolio, which includes NFL American football franchise the Atlanta Falcons, Major League Soccer side Atlanta United and Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where the two teams play. Beadles has been with the Falcons since 1995. He will continue to report to AMBSE president Rich McKay in his new role.

AMBSE has also appointed Hendrik Hynekamp as its new vice-president of fan experience. He will oversee overall fan and guest experiences for the Falcons, United, and all sports, music and entertainment events at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Hynekamp will also report directly to McKay and joins AMBSE after 18 years with Mercedes-Benz USA.

Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale is to take over from Robert Elstone as chief executive of English Premier League football club Everton from June 1. Barrett-Baxendale is currently the club’s deputy chief executive with responsibility for human resources, marketing and media, legal, risk and governance, operations and ticketing. Elstone is to become the new head of Super League, which organises England’s top rugby league competition.

Doctor Keith Harris will also become Everton’s deputy chairman in place of Jon Woods, who will remain on the board. Alexander Ryazantsev will join Everton’s executive leadership team from June 1 and will take responsibility for the club’s financial and commercial performance.

Paciolan, a leading provider of ticketing, fundraising, marketing and analytics solutions, has appointed Brian Stallings as managing director of performing arts. Stallings will oversee business development and retention for the company’s performing arts and theatre business. Stallings joins Paciolan from SeatGeek, where he served as head of product planning for SeatGeek Enterprise.

Adam Friedman has been appointed as the first president of Banc of California Stadium Entertainment, a new division of the recently-opened Los Angeles venue which serves as the home of MLS team Los Angeles FC. Friedman has also been named as an executive of LAFC Sports. BOCS Entertainment will be responsible for the optimisation of the stadium through the development, operation and management of all non-MLS events it hosts.

Mobile ticket and event discovery app Dice has appointed Jason Edwards as its new head of music in the UK. Edwards will succeed Russ Tannen, who has been promoted to UK managing editor. Leonie Cooper, a former NME senior staff writer, has also been given the brand new role of editor.

Britain’s Lawn Tennis Association has appointed Mervyn Davies as its new chairman. Davies is the chairman of private equity firm Corsair Capital and investment vehicle LetterOne. He previously served as a board member at Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur and a non-executive director of World Rugby.

Golf’s European Tour has appointed IMG executive Guy Kinnings as the deputy chief executive and director of the Ryder Cup tournament.

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