Appointments round-up: Premier League, Warwickshire CCC, Eventbrite and more

Premier League clubs this week approved the appointment of Richard Masters as chief executive of English football’s top tier.

Masters (pictured) had served as interim chief executive while the Premier League sought a replacement for Richard Scudamore. His appointment comes after the Premier League last month accepted the resignation of David Pemsel, who had been due to take up the role of chief executive in the new year.

Pemsel had been appointed to the role in October. Susanna Dinnage had initially been lined up as the league’s new chief executive but opted to turn down the role to stay at media organisation Discovery, while the BBC’s Tim Davie also opted not to take the position.

Masters joined the Premier League as director of sales and marketing in 2006 and was promoted to managing director in July 2015. He will take up the chief executive role with immediate effect.

Mark McCafferty, former chief executive of Premiership Rugby, has been appointed as the new chair of Warwickshire County Cricket Club.

McCafferty has been a member of the club’s board of directors since 2016 and recently stood down from his 14-year term with Premiership Rugby. He currently works as an advisor to CVC Capital Partners, the private equity firm that last year acquired a significant stake in Premiership Rugby.

He takes up the Warwickshire role as the club prepares to announce a new five-year strategic plan, which includes the next phase of development at the team’s Edgbaston Stadium. McCafferty takes over as chair from Norman Gascoigne, who stands down following nearly 10 years in the role.

Learfield IMG College, which provides content and commerce solutions across collegiate athletics, has named ex-Live Nation employee Cole Gahagan as its new president of content, revenue and enterprise solutions.

Gahagan currently serves as chief commercial officer of sports apparel retailer Fanatics and will report to Learfield IMG College president and chief executive Greg Brown in his new role.

Prior to joining Fanatics, Gahagan was chief revenue officer for Ticketmaster and senior vice-president of business development and strategy for Live Nation. At Learfield IMG College, he will oversee multimedia rights sales, ticketing, licensing and venue technology enterprises.

Eventbrite has named Josh McNicol as its new general manager in the Asia-Pacific region.

McNicol will direct a growing team of more than 40 employees across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. McNicol has 13 years of experience working at technology brands including Square and Temple & Webster.

Michael Poussau has been named as general manager of the 2023 Rugby World Cup, which will be held in France.

Poussau previously worked as an executive director at IMG. He worked in the agency’s Tokyo office to support the delivery of the commercial rights programme for this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan.

In his new role, Poussau will report to World Rugby chief operating officer and Rugby World Cup tournament director Alan Gilpin.

The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) has named Massimo Calvelli as its new chief executive, with the Italian to take up the role on January 1.

The appointment comes after the ATP in October named fellow Italian Andrea Gaudenzi as its new chairman on a four-year contract from January 1. Calvelli will work closely with Gaudenzi and the pair will serve in a new split role at the top of the ATP, replacing the combined position of ATP executive chairman and president, which is currently held by Chris Kermode.

Calvelli most recently worked at US sportswear giant Nike, where he oversaw all aspects of global tennis sports marketing. He previously served as global business director for Wilson Sporting Goods.

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