A round-up of key appointments from within the sports and events industries over the past week.
LA 2028 and U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Properties has announced that sports executive Kathy Carter will lead the commercial joint venture between LA 2028 and the U.S. Olympic Committee. Carter will serve as the joint venture’s chief executive and LA 2028’s chief revenue officer, driving efforts to achieve more than $5bn in revenue including domestic sponsorship, consumer product, hospitality and ticket sales.
Carter previously served as president of Soccer United Marketing, where she was responsible for managing and growing the business operations for Major League Soccer’s commercial subsidiary.
Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events has strengthened its operation at Belfast’s Windsor Park stadium with the appointments of Laura West and Amy Murray as general manager and sales executive, respectively. West previously worked at the stadium as sales and marketing manager and will now hold responsibility for managing the operations team, driving revenue and maximising sales across all departments. Murray will engage the corporate and leisure markets, showcase the venue and deliver tailored events.
Ticketing services and live entertainment company CTS Eventim has appointed Daniel Brown as the new chief executive of Eventim UK. The 40-year-old previously held management positions with AEG, most recently as vice-president of marketing and customer experience at the group’s ticketing subsidiary, AXS.
Eventim UK has also promoted director of development Dale Ballentine to the position of chief operating officer. Nick Blackburn will continue as the company’s chairman.
Jason Gannon has been appointed as managing director of the Los Angeles Stadium and Entertainment District (LASED), the organisation that is overseeing the development of the new home of NFL American football teams the Rams and Chargers at Hollywood Park.
Gannon has been a part of Kroenke Organization, the company of Rams owner Stan Kroenke, for more than 10 years. In his new role, he will have primary oversight over all LASED development and operational components, which includes the stadium, performance venue, retail, office, hotel and parkland that make up the 298-acre district being developed in Inglewood, Los Angeles County.
Jeff Knapple has stepped down from his position as president of the Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment agency. Chris Allphin will take over from Knapple as head of Van Wagner’s rebranded Team Advisory Group. Knapple has been involved in naming-rights deals with a number of high-profile facilities over the years, including Staples Center, Emirates Stadium and MetLife Stadium.
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