A round-up of key appointments from within the sports and events industries from the past week.
Fan-to-fan ticket exchange Lyte has hired Lawrence Peryer as its new head of business and corporate development. Peryer previously worked as director of event and tickets for Amazon, leading the event business with the e-commerce firm’s ticketing division. In the past he has also worked as executive vice-president at Warner Music Group, where he led the company’s global Artist Services division, and held roles at Live Nation.
Global architecture and design firm Populous has hired Byron Chambers and Jonathan Kelley to lead its new office in Dallas, Texas. At previous firms, Chambers and Kelley have worked on award-winning projects such as the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium, the Indianapolis Colts’ Lucas Oil Stadium and Salt River Fields at Talking Stick spring training ballpark for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies. Their clients also include many universities including Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Texas Christian University.
Populous has also appointed Ben Vickery, its senior principal responsible for the delivery of the Sydney Olympic Stadium, London Olympic Event Overlay and Wembley Stadium, to oversee the development of its new office in Dubai and business operations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
NBA basketball team the Milwaukee Bucks has hired Michael Belot as senior vice-president of Bucks Ventures and Development. The team has also named Jill Barry as director of guest experience; Ken Barski as senior broadcast engineer; Matt Rolf as senior network engineer; Mallory Brigman as manager of private event sales; Katie George as sideline and digital reporter; Melanie Ricks as entertainment teams specialist; and Nick Faymoville as director of ticket sales for the Wisconsin Herd, the official NBA G League affiliate of the Bucks.
NFL American football team the Seattle Seahawks has appointed Chuck Arnold as its new president. Arnold will manage all team business operations and will also serve as president of First & Goal Inc., overseeing management of CenturyLink Field (pictured), CenturyLink Field Event Center, First & Goal Hospitality and WaMu Theater.
Arnold will report to Chris McGowan, who has been promoted to chief executive of Vulcan Sports & Entertainment, which oversees the Seahawks, as well as the Portland Trail Blazers, CenturyLink Field, WaMu Theater and Moda Center.
AEG Presents has appointed Matt Robin as a talent buyer for the Southeast region. Robin joins senior vice-president John Valentino’s roster of buyers, which also includes senior talent buyers Ethan Levinson and Jesse Stoll. Robin is based out of AEG Presents’ Southeast regional office in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Victoria Toon and Renata Blair have been appointed to the Eden Park Trust Board. Toon is a chartered accountant and owns Auckland-based insolvency firm Corporate Restructuring Ltd. She becomes the first neighbour to be appointed to the board. Blair is a member of the Institute of Directors and has extensive event management experience through his company, Strategic Pathways Ltd.
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