The first round-up of 2019 begins with the news that football’s English Premier League is on the hunt for a new chief executive after Susanna Dinnage opted to turn down the role.
Dinnage (pictured) had been due to take the reins at the start of the year after being announced as Richard Scudamore’s successor in November, but she has now advised the league’s Nominations Committee that she will not be taking up the position and will instead remain at the Discovery media organisation. The Premier League said the Committee has reconvened its search and is talking to potential candidates.
NFL American football team the Miami Dolphins has appointed Kimberly Rometo as vice-president, chief information officer. Rometo will report directly to Dan Caspersen, vice-president of business administration. She will be responsible for overseeing the technology initiatives and strategic direction of IT for the team and Hard Rock Stadium. Rometo joins the Dolphins from AmericasMart.
Andy Loughnane has been appointed as the new president of Major League Soccer expansion franchise Austin FC, which is due to enter the competition in 2020 or 2021. Loughnane previously served as president of business operations for rival MLS team Columbus Crew and will report to Austin FC chairman Anthony Precourt in his new role.
Loughnane will oversee community and supporter engagement, ticketing, sponsorships, marketing and communications, digital and social platforms, content creation, media distribution, merchandise, food and beverages, and stadium operations.
Qcue, a dynamic and time-based pricing solution for live entertainment organisations, has named Derek Palmer as its new chief operating officer. Palmer, who serves on the board of directors for the International Ticketing Association (INTIX), previously held the position of managing director and EVP of international at Tickets.com.
Sam Yardley has been promoted to the position of senior vice-president of consulting at the Two Circles sports marketing agency.
Julien Piwowar has left French-based 3D seat maps specialist PACIFA Decision. Piwowar spent 10 years with the company and led a number of major projects.
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