A round-up of key appointments from within the sports and events industries over the past week.
Football’s English Premier League has appointed Susanna Dinnage as its new chief executive. She will take up the role in early 2019 at a date to be agreed with her current employer, Discovery. Dinnage will replace Richard Scudamore in the role.
Steve Brown, chief executive of England’s Rugby Football Union, has announced that he is standing down from the position at the end of the year. Brown joined the RFU in 2011 and has held a number of roles with the body, including chief financial officer, chief officer of business operations, and managing director of England Rugby. Nigel Melville, director of professional rugby for the RFU, will serve as interim chief executive until a replacement is found.
AEG Europe has announced the appointment of John Langford (currently vice-president and general manager of The O2) as chief operating officer, Paul Reeve (currently finance director of The O2 and the SSE Arena, Wembley) as chief financial officer, and Emma Bownes (currently programming director) in the newly created role of vice-president of programming across AEG’s European venue portfolio. The appointments follow the recent news that Alex Hill will take over as president of AEG Europe from January 1.
Greg Mrva has been appointed chief financial officer of StubHub and will be jointly responsible for setting the strategic direction of the business. Mrva previously held the role of managing director of global internet banking at Morgan Stanley. He will be based at StubHub’s San Francisco headquarters and will report to StubHub president Sukhinder Singh and eBay’s chief financial officer Scott Schenkel.
StubHub has also named Jay Harren as its new music development lead. Harren had held a number of senior A&R positions with record labels including Sony and Columbia before joining the ticket marketplace in October.
Richa Thakur has started a new role as head of partnerships at TicketSwap. She previously worked as head of international for the company and before that held roles with Catawiki, AussieCommerce Group and Rocket Internet SE.
Tom Ford has been named as head of marketing (Levy UK) at Compass Group UK & Ireland. Ford takes up the role after leaving Tottenham Hotspur, where he served as the Premier League football club’s marketing, communications and PR manager. Ford worked for Compass Group prior to joining Tottenham in June 2017.
Adam Sciorsci has taken up a new role as director of ticketing and sales at RPM, a ticketing solutions company for events and venues. He joins RPM from TodayTix, where he served as director of ticketing operations.
Antoni Alegre has been named as director of sponsoring, hospitality and new business at Spanish LaLiga football club RCD Espanyol.
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