Giulio Alessandrini has left FIFA to become head of venue design and overlay for the 2026 Winter Olympic Games in Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo

Alessandrini (pictured left) had been technical services and overlay manager at FIFA before switching to take up the role with the Milan Cortina 2026 Organising Committee. The Italian was venue development and overlay senior project manager for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.

Joe Pierce has been named senior vice president and general counsel for AMB Sports and Entertainment (AMBSE), the parent company of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and MLS’s Atlanta United FC.

Pierce (pictured right) comes to AMBSE from Hornets Sports and Entertainment in Charlotte, NC, where he spent seven years as senior vice president and chief legal officer, overseeing legal and business administration for the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets and operations of Charlotte’s Spectrum Center Arena.

Steve Cannon, chief executive of AMBSE, said: “Joe’s accomplishments with the Hornets and Spectrum Center as well as his previous organisations will bring a breadth of experience in a variety of industries that will be valuable as we continue to innovate and grow our businesses. He will be a tremendous asset to the entire AMBSE portfolio.”

The ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) has announced the appointment of Daniele Sano as ATP chief business officer.

Sano will oversee all commercial partnerships, global sales, marketing, PR and business development operations for the ATP.

Sano’s previous positions include senior management and advisory roles with top properties in different sports, including football club AS Roma.

Sano said: “The ATP is one of the most exciting sports properties in the world, and one with very promising business upside. Having been involved in sport my entire career, and as a lifelong sports fan, I look forward to bringing my experience and industry knowledge into this new role.”

Caroline Herbert (pictured centre) has taken up a new position as commercial director at Somerset County Cricket Club. Herbert was formerly chief commercial officer at Bristol Sport.

James Irvine has been appointed as general manager – commercial at the under-construction Kai Tak Sports Park in Hong Kong after nine years as director of global partnerships at ASM Global in Sydney. The multi-purpose sports venue is being built at the site of the former Kai Tak Airport and will feature a 50,000-seat main stadium with a retractable roof, a 10,000-seat indoor sports centre and a 5,000-seat public sports ground.