People on the move: IOC, Dallas Stars and more

Thomas Bach has confirmed that he will run for a second term as president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

An election for the role is due next year and Bach (pictured) is eligible to run for a second four-year term. He was elected to the role for an eight-year term in 2013, succeeding Jacques Rogge.

Speaking at the IOC Session held by videoconference last week, Bach said: “If you, the IOC members, want I am ready to run for a second term as IOC president and to continue to serve you and this Olympic movement, which we all love so much, for another four years. I take your support more as an encouragement for the future to work even harder.”

Patrik Meyer has taken up a new role as managing director at Deutsche Bank Park, home of German Bundesliga football club Eintracht Frankfurt.

Meyer previously served as managing director at Stadion Frankfurt Management, the venue’s operating company. Frederik Gehrke has also started a new position as head of sports events at Deutsche Bank Park.

Dallas Stars chief executive Jim Lites will transition to a new role as chairman of the NHL ice hockey team.

Team president Brad Alberts will now also assume the chief executive role as part of a front-office reshuffle.

As chairman, Lites will serve as an advisor and provide counsel to Alberts, while continuing to chair the Dallas Stars ownership advisory group. Lites has had three stints with the Stars (1993-2002, 2003-07 and 2011-present) and has overseen seven division championships, two Western Conference championships, two Presidents’ Trophies and the 1999 Stanley Cup triumph.

Alberts will oversee the entire operations of the Stars, including strategic planning, government affairs and facility management. Under Alberts’ stewardship, the Stars have landed marquee events such as the 2018 NHL Draft and the 2020 Winter Classic, which attracted the second-largest NHL crowd ever with an attendance of 85,630.

The Atlanta Hawks NBA basketball team has promoted Tori Miller to general manager of its NBA G League affiliate, the College Park Skyhawks.

Miller is the first woman to become the general manager of a team in the G League, which is the NBA’s minor-league affiliate competition.

Miller joined the Hawks three seasons ago and helped scout personnel as manager of basketball operations. She served as the Skyhawks’ assistant general manager last season.

Ángel Francisco Martínez Raga will leave his position as chief executive of Valencia Basket Club on July 31.

Valencia Basket plays in the Liga ACB, the top tier of club basketball in Spain, and is set to move into a new arena in the coming years. The city council in Valencia gave the green light for the arena development last month.

Raga will become honorary president of the club and retain his place on the board of directors. José Puentes will become the club’s new general manager and chief executive, while Vicente Solá will continue as president.

Richard Kermode, the former executive chairman of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), has taken up a new role as vice-chairman of the Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO).

Kermode worked as executive chairman of the ATP from 2013 to 2019 and was responsible for promoting global tennis to the next generation of fans and attracting new audiences through fresh broadcasts and formats. He helped transform the ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 in London into the biggest indoor tennis event in the world.

In his new role at the PTO, Kermode will also join the board of directors.

Image: IOC/Christophe Moratal