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Industry appointments round-up: Mercedes-Benz Arena, TEG, AS Roma and more

This week’s appointments round-up includes news of David French, ex-venue director at Premier League football club Manchester United, taking up a new role as general manager of Shanghai’s Mercedes-Benz Arena.

The arena has a capacity of 18,000 and stages some of China’s biggest and most popular events. At United, French was responsible for the development and P&L of multiple businesses operating in and around Old Trafford.

Cameron Hoy has been appointed to the new role of chief operating officer and head of ticketing for TEG, Asia-Pacific’s leading ticketing, live entertainment and data analytics company. Hoy will be promoted from his current position of managing director at Ticketek Australia.

TEG said it is in the process of appointing a new chief technology officer, as well as filling the new role of general manager of Ticketek Australia. Both roles will report to Hoy (pictured below).

Guido Fienga has been promoted to become chief executive of Italian Serie A football club AS Roma. Fienga has worked with the club since 2013, first as strategy and media director and most recently as chief operating officer. He will report to club president James Pallotta and Roma’s board of directors in his new role.

Roma has also promoted Mauro Baldissoni to the position of executive vice-president. Pallotta said Baldissoni’s new role will help him focus on the “bigger picture”, in particular delivering the club’s much-delayed Stadio della Roma project.

NEC Group has promoted Phil Mead to chairman of its Arenas division and The Ticket Factory. Mead moves from his managing director role to focus on governance and strategic direction and he will head up all projects relating to the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, which will see the Group host nine sports across three venues.

NEC Group has also announced that Guy Dunstan has moved from his position as general manager of Arenas to become director of Arenas. A former chair of the UK’s National Arenas Association, Dunstan has spent the last 18 years with NEC Group.

Ellie Simmonds OBE, Lyndsey Jackson and Nick Timothy have all been appointed to the board of the organising committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Derrick Anderson CBE has also been confirmed as the West Midlands Combined Authority’s nominee. The four new members join the existing 10 and complete the board’s line-up for the Games.

Danielle Kennedy-Clark has been promoted to the position of deputy general manager at The O2 in London. Kennedy-Clark previously served as the venue’s director of operations and prior to that was head of venue management.

Michael Hulman, coordinator of ticketing operations at Dutch Eredivisie football club Vitesse Arnhem, is to start a new position as business support manager at Sports Alliance. Hulman, who has spent eight years at Vitesse, will leave the club on January 29 and join Sports Alliance on February 1.

Michael Healy has taken up a new role as vice-president of ballpark operations and guest services at Major League Baseball team the Texas Rangers. Healy joins the Rangers from rival MLB team the Detroit Tigers, where he spent 13 years as vice-president of park operations.

Online attractions ticket provider 365Tickets has appointed Aaron Chatterley as its new chairman. 365 Global Tickets currently offers admission to more than 3,000 attractions and activities around the world. The company has contracts with many leading destinations, including Historic Royal Palaces, Walt Disney World, Universal Hollywood, Empire State and the London Eye.

Marc Olverman has started a new position as box office supervisor at production and theatre company Selladoor Worldwide. Olverman previously worked as a box office supervisor at Parkwood Leisure.

Emma Bonnick has taken up a new role as head of ticketing services at London-based LW Theatres. Bonnick previously worked as ticketing operations manager at Nederlander Theaters.

The XFL American football league has named Jeffrey Pollack as its new president and chief operating officer. Pollack will oversee the league’s strategic planning and business operations, as well as the management of its eight teams. Pollack previously worked for NFL team the Los Angeles Chargers as a chief marketing and strategy officer and special advisor.

Major League Soccer team Montreal Impact has announced Kevin Gilmore as its new president and chief executive. Gilmore has over 25 years of experience in the world of sports, media and entertainment, with previous roles at Walt Disney, Disney Sports Enterprises, AEG and the Montreal Canadiens.

Do you have news of an appointment that we should know about? Get in touch by emailing news.editor@thestadiumbusiness.com and we’ll include it on our next round-up.

Image: AEG