Appointments round-up: Jockey Club, BHA, Huddersfield Town and more

This week, the respective chief executives of Jockey Club Racecourses (JCR) and the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) both announced that they would be stepping down from their roles.

Paul Fisher will stand down as JCR chief executive next month after 19 years at The Jockey Club. He initially joined JCR as finance director of its three London racecourses in 2001 before being promoted to managing director of Kempton Park in 2005.

Fisher then took on the chief operating officer role at JCR in 2008. He was made managing director in 2013 and has served as chief executive since 2017 but has opted to step down for a “fresh challenge”.

BHA chief executive Nick Rust (pictured) will also step down from his role at the end of the year following nearly six years at the body. The BHA will begin the process of selecting a new chief executive over the next few weeks.

AEG presents has promoted both Alicia Karlin and Jenny Heifetz Henault to vice-president of global touring and talent.

Karlin, who will continue to book the Electric Forest festival, helped open AEG Presents’ Rocky Mountain office in 2006. She left in 2007 to join Madison House before becoming the talent buyer for the Electric Forest festival. Following AEG Presents’ acquisition of Madison House Presents in 2014, Karlin rejoined AEG as vice-president of talent and a senior event producer.

Heifetz Henault has been with AEG Presents’ New York office for 10 years and most recently served as senior director of global touring. She has previously worked for Spivak Sobol Entertainment, The Firm and Azoffmusic.

Both Karlin and Heifetz Henault will relocate to AEG Presents’ Los Angeles headquarters.

English Championship football club Huddersfield Town has named Mark Devlin as its interim chief executive.

Devlin has 20 years of experience in the sports industry. He joined Irish Premier Division side Dundalk as chief executive last March, having previously held the same role at Huddersfield’s fellow Championship team Brentford, where he oversaw the successful planning process of the club’s upcoming move to a new stadium.

Devlin previously worked as commercial and marketing director at QPR and London Wasps, before becoming chairman of the former.

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