People on the move: Formula 1, Climate Pledge Arena, Freemans and more

Stefano Domenicali will become the new president and chief executive of Formula 1 from January 2021, the motorsport series has confirmed.

Chase Carey, F1’s current chairman and chief executive, will move to the role of non-executive chairman.

Domenicali (pictured left) previously worked at F1 team Ferrari from 1991 until early 2014. At Ferrari, Domenicali worked alongside Ross Brawn as team manager and became sporting director in 2002 and then team principal in 2008.

Domenicali most recently worked as chief executive of sportscar firm Lamborghini, having joined parent company Audi in 2014.

Oak View Group and Seattle Kraken have appointed five executives to the team at Climate Pledge Arena, the under-construction home of the new NHL franchise that will launch in 2021.

Joining OVG is David Curry as vice-president of technology, Nick Vaerewyck as vice-president of programming, Randy Foster as director of event production, Damon Murray as director of engineering, and Christine Spiller as senior director of event services. All five will begin their roles immediately.

Curry (pictured centre) spent 22 years with the Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball team, the final 13 years of which were spent as vice-president of technology. Vaerewyck most recently spent four years with Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island, New York.

Foster has spent the last three decades working as a production manager, most recently serving as director of production for AEG Presents in Seattle. Murray joins Climate Pledge Arena from the Atlanta Hawks NBA basketball team, where he served as chief engineer. Spiller has nearly 10 years of sports and entertainment and venue management experience and recently served as the senior director of venue operations at Denver’s Pepsi Center.

Freemans Event Partners, a Gloucester-based food and beverage solutions provider for the events industry, has named Jason Mumby as its client development director.

In the newly-created role, Mumby (pictured right) will focus on shaping Freemans’ sales strategy, pricing and scoping of key areas for targeted, profitable growth for the business. Mumby most recently served as head of corporate partnerships at Costa Coffee, where he helped develop a significant corporate franchise business across the hospitality sector.

Freemans supports over 400 events and venues across the UK and Europe, and recently delivered a full-service food and beverage solution at Gloucester Rugby’s Kingsholm Stadium.

The French Football League (LFP) has promoted Mathieu Ficot to the position of deputy director general.

Ficot will be tasked with growing economic development of LFP-organised competitions in France and around the world. Ficot has been in charge of the LFP’s media and marketing activities since 2013.

Ficot previously worked as general manager of PSG Basket, director of acquisitions of France Télévisions, and executive vice-president of Sportfive International.

Luis Rubiales has been re-elected as president of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).

Rubiales’ new four-year term will run until 2024. Rubiales, who succeeded Ángel María Villar Llona as RFEF president in May 2018, received 95 votes out of the 105 cast.

Rubiales pledged to support women’s football and futsal competitions and said that the prospect of a joint bid with Portugal for the 2030 FIFA World Cup would be explored further.

Mike Davis, the chief executive of the United States Golf Association (USGA), will leave the organisation at the end of 2021 to pursue a new career in golf course design and construction.

Davis will work with golf course designer Tom Fazio II in a new business venture, Fazio & Davis Golf Design.

Davis joined the USGA in 1990 and became its seventh executive director in 2011 and first chief executive in 2016. The USGA will soon begin a search for Davis’ replacement and hopes to have a candidate in place ahead of next year’s US Open in June.

Yanni Andreopoulos has started a new role as chief commercial and marketing officer at E1 Series, a new electric powerboat championship.

The series has been backed by Alejandro Agag, who founded the Formula E electric car-racing championship. Andreopoulos formerly served as commercial director for Formula E Holdings and previously worked as a vice-president of sport for AEG Europe.

Mark Isaacs has begun a new role as stadium operations manager at Premiership rugby union club Exeter Chiefs.

Isaacs most recently worked as chief operating officer at League One football club Swindon Town.

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