Appointments round-up: Bluerock, Premier League, AEG Presents and more

Stéphane Pottier has today (Friday) joined Bluerock Sports & Entertainment and will hold responsibility for Europe and the Middle East.

Pottier (pictured) joins Bluerock from the Lagardère Sports agency, where he served as vice-president of stadium and arena solutions and held responsibility for all venue business.

Bluerock works with stadia and arenas to ensure they are operationally efficient and financially successful. The company’s services cover all aspects of venue business planning, hospitality and premium strategy, sponsorship consulting, F&B, safety, security, transport, accessibility, fan experience and customer service.

Football’s English Premier League has announced today that it has accepted the resignation of David Pemsel, who had been due to become its new chief executive in the new year.

Pemsel was announced as the Premier League’s new chief executive in October, with his appointment having seemingly ended the league’s long search for a replacement for Richard Scudamore. Pemsel had been due to join the Premier League by no later than April 2020.

Richard Masters will continue as interim chief executive as the Premier League resumes its search for Scudamore’s permanent successor.

Lionel Yeo has been appointed as the new chief executive of the Singapore Sports Hub, the sports and entertainment complex that includes the 55,000-seat National Stadium as well as 6,000- and 3,000-capacity arenas.

Yeo will replace Oon Jin Teik, who announced his resignation back in January and left following the Singapore Rugby Sevens event in April.

Read our full story from earlier in the week for more information on Yeo’s appointment.

AEG Presents has named Kelly Stelbasky as its new senior vice-president of global touring.

Stelbasky most recently worked as vice-president of US concerts at Live Nation, where she booked and operated stadium, arena and amphitheatre concert tours in North America.

Stelbasky will be based in AEG Presents’ Los Angeles headquarters. Her appointment was announced by AEG Presents’ president of global touring and talent Gary Gersh.

Venue services and live experiences provider ASM Global has appointed Mitch List to the newly-created position of regional booking director in the south.

List, who previously served as assistant general manager for the Knoxville Civic Auditorium & Coliseum, will oversee booking efforts for ASM Global’s 24 venues in the southern region.

North American stock car-racing series Nascar has promoted Frank Kelleher to the position of senior vice-president and chief sales officer. Nascar has also promoted both Michelle Byron and Jeff Wohlschlaeger to vice-president of partnership marketing.

Kelleher will oversee a team responsible for business strategy and revenue generation across Nascar and its 14 motorsport entertainment facilities. Byron and Wohlschlaeger will oversee a team that is responsible for managing and delivering value to brands invested across Nascar and its track facilities.

Midstream Lighting, which designs and manufactures advanced LED floodlighting, has named James Brunt as its new director of sports.

Brunt will lead the sports lighting division of Midstream Lighting having previously served as sports lighting manager at Abacus Lighting, where he worked for 16 years. In his new role, he will be responsible for growing the Midstream Lighting sports division globally and will run a team of sports lighting designers and solutions architects.

Peter Smith has joined fan experience and digital infrastructure company Landways as commercial manager.

Smith, who has worked with a number of upper-tier football clubs in the UK, will introduce the multi-use Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas) solution to venue owners.

England’s Netball Super League has appointed Steve Elworthy MBE as its new independent chair.

Elworthy will be responsible for the delivery of a shared vision and business plan designed to grow the profile of the competition. Elworthy spent more than 14 years playing professional cricket and later served as a director for six International Cricket Council (ICC) events, including the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England.

Darren Eales, the president of Major League Soccer franchise Atlanta United, will join Scottish Premiership club Aberdeen’s board of directors following a strategic partnership between the two teams.

Aberdeen’s current chairman, Stewart Milne, along with other directors, will step down with Cormack set to replace him after the club’s AGM on December 16.

Check out our story from earlier in the week for the latest on Aberdeen’s stadium plans.

Aimee Richardson, business development manager at Saracens’ Allianz Park stadium, has joined the leadership team at not-for-profit organisation Stadium Experience.

Stadium Experience works with around 50 football and rugby clubs across the UK and Ireland and its leadership team meets regularly to discuss and guide the strategic direction of the association. The company primarily focuses on how stadia can be used for conferences, meetings and events.

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.

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