People on the move: Ticketmaster, Tokyo 2020 and more

Ticketmaster has named its new “truly global” executive leadership team as part of plans to evolve into a self-service ticketing platform.

As previously reported, Mark Yovich (pictured left) has been elevated to become Ticketmaster’s president of global business. Yovich previously served as Ticketmaster’s president of international since 2011.

The team will also include Dan Armstrong (pictured right), Ticketmaster’s executive vice-president of distributed commerce, and Troy Suda, chief product officer of the company.

Head to our sister site TheTicketingBusiness.com for more details on Ticketmaster’s new global leadership team, which will also include chief operating officer Amy Howe (pictured centre left), and Brendan Lynch (pictured centre right), who serves as executive vice-president of enterprise and revenue.

Bernard Laporte has been re-elected as president of the French Rugby Federation (FFR) after narrowly defeating rival candidate Florian Grill.

Laporte received 51.47% of the vote, compared to Grill’s 48.53%. Laporte’s new four-year term will run until 2024.

Laporte became FFR president in 2016 and his re-election will see him lead the body during France’s staging of the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Mikako Kotani has been appointed sports director of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, replacing Koji Murofushi in the role.

Murofushi left the Tokyo 2020 organising committee last month to take up a new role as commissioner of the Japan Sports Agency. He had been with the organising committee since June 2014.

Kotani was involved in Tokyo’s successful bid for the Games and is a former athlete herself, having won a bronze medal in synchronised swimming at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. In her new role, she will be a voice for athletes in the overall management of the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Katie Musham will serve as the partnership lead of Co-op Live, Oak View Group’s planned new arena in Manchester.

Musham formerly served as an event marketing consultant at Dreamland Margate and also held roles in Australia at the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust and Perth Arena.

Manchester City Council approved OVG’s plans for a new 23,500-seat arena last month and it is hoped work on the project can begin in November. Co-op will hold naming rights to the arena through a 15-year deal with OVG.

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