A round-up of key appointments from within the sports and events industries over the past week.
Jamie Barkley is to leave his role as chief executive of the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust to take up a new position as chief executive of the Australian Turf Club. Barkley, who has served as chief executive of the SCG Trust since February, will join the ATC in October.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has promoted Dr. Mike Peters to the newly-created position of chief operating officer. Peters joined the IPC in March 2015 as chief of staff and acting director of the membership engagement department from Seattle in the US. He will report to IPC chief executive Xavier Gonzalez in his new role.
The IPC has also promoted Craig Spence to the newly-created position of chief marketing and communications officer. Spence joined the IPC in September 2010 and has served as media and communications director since April 2012. He will also report to Gonzalez in his new role.
Bob Ryan has resigned from his position as stadium operations manager at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, a Gaelic sports stadium in the Irish city of Cork. He will officially step down from the role at the end of July.
Ellen Schwartz has been promoted to general manager of the Los Angeles Convention Center. The announcement was made by Bob Newman, president of AEG Facilities, which operates the facility. Schwartz will oversee the day-to-day management of the facility, including sales and marketing, public relations, operations, guest services and security, event services, human resources, food and beverages, and parking operations. She will also oversee the venue’s operating budgets and revenue maximisation.
Brad Gessner has also been promoted from general manager of the LA Convention Center to senior vice-president. He will be responsible for contract administration, strategic planning and participating on the expansion and modernisation team for the venue.
NBA basketball team Miami Heat has named Jeff David as its new chief revenue officer and executive vice-president. David will oversee the club’s local, regional, national and international business opportunities, along with its corporate sales and service, premium seating and service, and ticket sales departments. David previously served as chief revenue officer of NBA rival the Sacramento Kings, overseeing the team’s move to Golden 1 Center.
Adam Millar has been appointed as the new general manager of Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. Millar will take up his new role on July 23 and will seek to improve the content offerings and guest experience at the 10,000-seat arena, which hosts basketball and ice hockey matches.
AEG Facilities has promoted Chuck Steedman to chief operating and development officer. Steedman will continue to be based out of Los Angeles and will retain his current title of chief operating officer, overseeing AEG Facilities’ financial, content development, operational, commercial and human resources functions. With his promotion, he will now also drive innovation in fields such as revenue enhancement, business intelligence, digital and social marketing and technology enhancements to AEG’s venues worldwide.
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