Appointments round-up: Jockey Club, MSG, MOPT and more

This week saw The Jockey Club name Delia Bushell as its new group chief executive.

Bushell (pictured) has more than 20 years of experience in the media and sport sectors and previously spent three years at BT Group as managing director of its TV and Sport division, and 14 years at Sky in a variety of roles.

The Jockey Club is a commercial group that oversees the running of a number of high-profile British horse-racing events, including the Cheltenham Festival and the Grand National. Bushell will join the company in early September and succeed current group chief executive Simon Bazalgette following a period of handover.

For more information on Bushell’s appointment, check out our story from earlier in the week.

The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) has appointed Michael Fallon as vice-president of arena operations at The Forum, its multi-purpose arena in Inglewood, California.

Fallon has spent five years with MSG, most recently working as director of finance for MSG Live and venue operations for The Forum. In his new role, he will report to Richard Claffey, executive vice-president of venue management for MSG.

The Forum has a capacity of 17,500 and formerly served as the home of the Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball team and Los Angeles Kings NHL ice hockey franchise.

MSG has also named Dan Fleeter as head of its esports division. Fleeter most recently served as vice-president of corporate development for MSG and was on the board of directors of Counter Logic Gaming (CLG).

In his new role, Fleeter will oversee all business operations for MSG-owned CLG and serve as the team’s chief operating officer. He will help create events to showcase esports content at MSG venues and develop relationships with major game publishers and leagues.

Fleeter will also be responsible for launching new business initiatives to grow the brand and drive marketing partnerships and fan engagement.

John Harnden has been appointed as the new chief executive of the Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust (MOPT), replacing Brian Morris in the role.

Harnden was chief executive of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Corporation and the 2015 Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. He is the current chair of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation and will remain in the position until a replacement is found.

The Melbourne & Olympic Parks precinct is home to the Australian Open tennis grand slam, which is locked in until at least 2036. Harnden will oversee the ongoing third stage of the Labor Government’s redevelopment work at Melbourne Park, with work to include a new function and media centre, multi-purpose sunken show court and a central logistics hub.

Todd Kline has joined Endeavor as senior vice-president of sports talent and property sales. He will oversee all sales work for WME’s sports talent clients and report to Karen Brodkin and Jordan Bazant, who run WME’s sports talent group.

Kline formerly worked as chief commercial officer for the Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins NFL American football teams. While with the Dolphins, Kline oversaw the team’s $250m (£206m/€225m) stadium naming-rights partnership with Hard Rock Café in 2016.

Kline also had a seven-year stint at AEG, where he launched the ‘Partnership Innovation’ group, which provided consulting services and best practices to AEG Global Partnerships’ sales and activation teams. He will be based in New York for his new role.

English League Two football club Cambridge United has named Ian Mather as its new interim chief executive. Mather has been a member of the Cambridge United Community Trust since 2016.

Cambridge also confirmed that chief operating officer Henry Comfort would be leaving the club for a new job outside of football next month.

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Image: The Jockey Club