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Appointments round-up: NBL, Priava, FIBA and more

This week saw Jeremy Loeliger appointed as the new commissioner of Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL).

NBL chief executive Loeliger (pictured right) joined the competition in 2015 and has overseen four consecutive years of record attendances and broadcast audiences.

NBL owner and executive chairman Larry Kestelman (pictured left) said: “The appointment of Jeremy as NBL commissioner is in keeping with US professional leagues such as the NBA.

“It also reflects the NBL’s significant growth and expanding global footprint as a league. We are now one of the premier basketball leagues in the world and enjoying a golden period for Australian basketball.”

Shaun Butler (pictured below) has been appointed global CEO of Priava, a leading enterprise provider of venue and event management software with offices in Sydney, Christchurch, London, and New York.

Prior to Priava, Butler was regional CEO for SYSPRO Software APAC, successfully growing the regional business into a ERP market leader for mid-tier enterprises, specifically manufacturing and supply chain verticals. Butler has over 25 years of experience across various software vendors and locations in APAC with a focus on customer success at the very heart of his management and leadership pedigree.

Former Priava CEO James Pegum took on the role of chairman in July and led the recruitment process.

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has elected Hamane Niang as its new president.

Niang will succeed Horacio Muratore and will serve a four-year term, until 2023. Niang previously served as a vice-president of FIBA from 2014.

The appointment came after FIBA earlier in the week agreed a “game-changing” partnership with technology company Atrium Sports, which will lead to the creation of a ‘Connected Stadium’ venture. The partnership will seek to help make basketball the most popular, innovative and digitally advanced sports community in the world.

Chris Thompson, business intelligence manager at Minnesota United, has announced that he is leaving the club to join rival Major League Soccer franchise the Portland Timbers.

Thompson previously served as ticket operations and business intelligence coordinator at Minnesota United, which debuted in MLS in 2017 and moved to its new Allianz Field stadium earlier in the year. More information on Thompson’s role at the Timbers will be revealed soon.

Nick Hoyle has started a new role as head of partnership development at Premier League football club Tottenham Hotspur.

Hoyle joins Tottenham after spending over 18 years at CSM Sport & Entertainment, for whom he most recently served as chief executive of rights in the EMEA and APAC regions.

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 in our next round-up.

Image: NBL