Industry appointments round-up: October 20-26

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

Tom Miserendino will retire as president and chief executive of AEG’s European operations on December 31. Miserendino will be replaced by Alex Hill, who has served as chief operating officer of AEG Europe for the past six years and its chief financial officer for the past 11.

Christy Castillo Butcher has agreed a deal to become the senior vice-president of programming at 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. The move will end Castillo Butcher’s 20-year association with AEG, for whom she booked Los Angeles’ Staples Center and Microsoft Theater venues. The news was first reported by the Billboard website.

LASED (pictured) has also appointed Kameron Durham as its new vice-president of guest experience, with Skarpi Hedinsson to serve as its new chief technology officer and Joe Sesin to take up the role of vice-president of finance and accounting.

Ralph Rivera has been appointed as managing director of NBA Europe and Middle East (NBA EME). Rivera, an experienced media and sports executive, will take up the position on January 2 and will be based in London. He will report to NBA deputy commissioner and chief operating officer Mark Tatum, and will be responsible for the league’s basketball and business development throughout the region.

Stan Chia has been named as the new chief executive of Vivid Seats. Chia most recently served as chief operating officer at Grubhub, the US’s leading online and mobile food ordering and delivery marketplace. Vivid Seats’ co-founders, Eric Vassilatos and Jerry Bednyak, will transition daily operations to Chia and the leadership team and will remain actively involved as co-chairmen of the Vivid Seats board of directors and major investors.

Greg Walter has been promoted to the position of executive vice-president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway, one of the leading motorsport venues in the US. Walter will oversee all operations of the campus, which includes the 1.5-mile superspeedway and the Roval, as well as zMAX Dragway and The Dirt Track at Charlotte. He will report to Speedway Motorsports president and chief executive Marcus Smith.

Brian Sipe has taken up a new role as a regional director of booking for SMG in the Northeast United States and Canada. Sipe currently serves as general manager of the SMG-managed, 8,000-seat Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Pennsylvania.

Gemma Hotchkiss has been promoted to head of customer care at TheTicketSellers. Hotchkiss has spent three years at TheTicketSellers and in her new role will strive to ensure the team delivers the best possible service and a rapid response to customers.

English Premier League football club Chelsea has named Paul Marsh as its new head chef for meeting and events at Stamford Bridge. Marsh has previously worked at Stadium MK Double Tree by Hilton in Milton Keynes, and held other roles in his 20-year career in the hospitality industry.

International Speedway Corporation has named Julie Giese as the new president of ISM Raceway. Giese is currently the managing director of business operations for ISC Design & Development and will begin her new role next month with the Can-Am 500 event. She will oversee promotion and operation of the track.

Kerrie Mathew has been named as the new chief executive of the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust. The appointment was made by trustees. Matthew, herself a trustee, will take up her new role on November 5.

The All England Lawn Tennis Club has announced that Philip Brook will step down from his role as chairman of the organisation in December 2019. The process to select a successor will begin in January, with the AELTC hopeful of announcing Brook’s successor in the spring. The news comes after the AELTC was earlier this month given the green light to accelerate development plans for Wimbledon after an adjoining golf club approved the terms of a £63.75m offer for 73 acres of land at their property.

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