This week saw Richard Harris (pictured right centre) take up a new role as head of ticketing, hospitality and marketing at the Two Circles agency.
Harris joins Two Circles having spent over four years as head of ticketing, membership and new events at England’s Rugby Football Union (RFU). Harris also served as head of ticketing for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, which was held in England.
Harris previously worked as the ticketing technology manager for the London 2012 Olympic Games and prior to that served as a project manager for the Football Association, and as a senior project manager at Wembley National Stadium Ltd from 2002 to 2008 as part of the team that built and opened the venue.
Digital agency group Unlimited has named Lee Gibbons (pictured left) as managing director of its integrated sports offering.
Gibbons, who has held various high-profile roles in the industry across agency, brand and rights-holder sectors, will oversee sports and entertainment growth for Unlimited, leveraging existing agency capabilities and the strategic partnership with Integrity 9.
Gibbons has previously worked for IMG Consulting, advising clients on activations at the Torino 2006 and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. He then spent eight years working as senior director of German sportswear company Adidas, where he was responsible for sports marketing in the UK and Ireland.
He most recently worked as commercial director of the Northampton Saints Premiership rugby union club, where he helped grow revenues across sponsorship, hospitality and retail.
The organising committee for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Los Angeles has appointed Ann Rodriguez (pictured left centre) as its chief strategy officer.
Rodriguez is the former chief operating officer and senior vice-president of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).
Rodriguez, who has also previously worked for Under Armour and Major League Soccer teams Atlanta United and San Jose Earthquakes, will report to LA 2028 chief revenue officer Kathy Carter and chief operating officer John Harper in her new role. She will be based in New York.
Mel Raines (pictured right) has been promoted to executive vice-president of corporate communications, community engagement and facility operations at Pacers Sports & Entertainment, which operates the Indiana Pacers NBA basketball team.
Raines has served as senior vice-president of facilities operations at Pacers Sports & Entertainment since February 2015.
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