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Appointments round-up: KSS, AEG, US Bank Stadium and more

This week, leading design and architecture firm KSS announced that long-serving director Martin Robinson would be leaving the organisation at the end of the month.

Robinson (pictured) has spent 25 years as a director of KSS, 23 of which were as managing director.

He will retire from his day-to-day role but will continue to provide advice and guidance where needed.

Robinson said: “I am proud of my achievements and grateful for the privilege of helping a fledgling start-up develop into a well-run and highly respected business. There have been a few bumps in the road, but through careful stewardship, we have steadily grown the practice to over 100 staff and made the top 40 in the AJ100 (a list compiled by Architects’ Journal).

“I joined KSS because of its ethos and the fact that people, as individuals, are at the core of every decision it makes. I leave having made many friends for life and with huge respect for what all of you have achieved in making KSS the highly regarded practice it is today.”

AEG has appointed three executives for its new Asian headquarters in Singapore.

Billboard magazine reported that Matthew Lazarus-Hall will serve as vice-president for AEG Presents in the Asia-Pacific region and oversee touring, festivals and sports. He will report to AEG Asia president and chief executive Adam Wilkes.

Taylor Agisim has also been named vice-president of business development, while Ryan Sandilands will serve as vice-president of global partnerships.

Wilkes told Billboard that the company’s existing headquarters in Shanghai would remain a “core part” of its operations in the region.

AEG Facilities has appointed Rob Hampton as general manager of the Palm Springs Convention Center in California.

Hampton and his team will oversee venue management operations for the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism, the Palm Springs Visitor Center and the Welwood Murray Memorial Library.

AEG Facilities will oversee day-to-day management of the Palm Springs venues and provide services such as facility operations, event programming, content development, purchasing, vendor services, advertising and marketing.

Patrick Talty, general manager of US Bank Stadium, has left the post to take up a new role in Indianapolis, the Minnesota Star-Tribune newspaper has reported.

A spokeswoman for SMG, which operates the stadium, told the Star-Tribune that Talty would be “pursuing a new opportunity with a sports organisation” in Indianapolis, although details of the new role were not disclosed.

John Drum, SMG’s assistant manager of general operations at US Bank Stadium, will serve as acting general manager from October 1 while a replacement is found.

US Bank Stadium opened in 2016 and serves as the home of the Minnesota Vikings NFL American football team. Talty, who previously worked for the WWE wrestling organisation, joined the stadium team in January 2015.

Richard Lewis CBE is to step down from his position as chief executive of the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC), which organises Wimbledon, after next year’s edition of the grand slam tournament.

Lewis will continue as chief executive until a date that will be agreed once his successor has been appointed. Lewis, a former tennis player, joined the AELTC as chief executive ahead of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships, having previously served as executive chairman of the Rugby Football League and chair of Sport England.

The search for Lewis’ successor will be conducted by executive search firm SRI.

The AELTC announced last year that Philip Brook would be stepping down from his role as chairman of the organisation in December 2019. Brook will be replaced by Ian Hewitt.

Colin Dempsey has been appointed as the new head chef at Glasgow’s Hampden Park, home of the Scottish national football team.

Dempsey has been appointed by Sodexo, Hampden Park’s catering and hospitality partner. Dempsey previously worked for Scottish Premiership club Rangers.

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: KSS