People on the move: US Soccer, DEAG and WRU

This week saw the US Soccer Federation appoint William Wilson as its new chief executive.

The 52-year-old joins US Soccer from the Wasserman agency, where he had served as executive vice-president and co-head of American football for the last eight years. He will start his new role on March 30 and eventually relocate to Chicago.

Prior to Wasserman, Wilson (pictured left) served as executive vice-president of international business and special events for Major League Soccer and Soccer United Marketing from 2008 to 2012. He has also served as managing director of NFL Mexico and held positions with the Arena Football League and the Champ Car World Series.

US Soccer president Cindy Parlow Cone said: “He brings an unrivalled set of experience and expertise to soccer in America. His global perspective, background in marketing and growing sporting events and extensive experience in the sports business will be invaluable in growing soccer at all levels. Soccer is the world’s game and Will is the perfect person to help us grow it to America’s game.”

Martyn Phillips has agreed to stay on as chief executive of the Welsh Rugby Union for the foreseeable future.

Phillips (pictured centre) had notified the WRU board of his intention to step down in the summer after five years in the role. He has now opted to stay on amid a period of uncertainty for the organisation due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

WRU chairman Gareth Davies had formed a selection panel and instructed recruitment agencies as part of the search for Phillips’ successor but this has now paused to focus on current “pressing matters”.

Championship football club Huddersfield Town has announced that commercial director Sean Jarvis will leave to become chief executive of Leicestershire County Cricket Club on June 23.

Jarvis has spent nearly 14 years at Huddersfield having moved from Oldham Athletic in August 2006. He initially held a dual role of business development with Town and the Huddersfield Giants rugby league club, before focusing on the football club from the 2008-09 season. He joined the club’s board of directors in June 2009.

Deutsche Entertainment AG (DEAG) has appointed Moritz Schwenkow to its executive board, with the 38-year-old to serve as chief ticketing officer.

Schwenkow will be responsible for DEAG’s entire ticketing business and will develop synergies between the myticket.de, myticket.at, myticket.co.uk and UK-based Gigantic.com platforms. He will also oversee expansion into further European countries.

Schwenkow has 15 years of experience in the live entertainment industry and has held a number of positions at DEAG and other companies. He has served as chief executive of myticket AG since 2015.

MGM Resorts International has announced chief operating officer and president Bill Hornbuckle as its new acting chief executive.

Hornbuckle (pictured right) will replace outgoing chairman and chief executive Jim Murren. Paul Salem will replace Murren as chair of the board of the directors at MGM Resorts.

MGM Resorts is a global entertainment company and employs 80,000 people worldwide.

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