People on the move: Co-op Live, HKS and more

Co-op Live, the planned new 23,500-seat arena in Manchester, has appointed a team to lead on sales of its premium hospitality offering.

The team (pictured), which will be responsible for the sale of 28 suites, 12 lounges and club spaces, and 2,196 premium seats, will be led by head of premium sales Becci Thomson. Paula Jupp also joins as senior sales manager after spending 15 years at the Manchester Evening News.

Three sales managers have also joined the team. Maxine Price joins from Manchester’s AO Arena, Edward Coulson comes on board with a decade of commercial expertise across a range of sectors, and Mark Bennett will form part of the team after previously working in sales roles at Manchester City and Lancashire Cricket Club.

Oak View Group was supported by Elevate Sports Venues in the search for the team, which will be based out of Co-op Live’s new headquarters in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

Bryan Trubey has left his role as executive vice-president at architecture firm HKS.

Trubey launched the firm’s sports practice in 1992 and has helped expand its international presence in recent years. No reason was given for his departure from HKS, whose venue design portfolio includes US Bank Stadium, SoFi Stadium and many more.

HKS said in a statement to VenuesNow: “Bryan Trubey has left HKS. During his tenure, Bryan helped build a thriving sports and entertainment practice and developed some of the best talent in our industry. We are grateful for his many contributions and wish him well.”

Bill Kenwright, chairman of Premier League football club Everton, has taken up a director role at a company set up to oversee the team’s new stadium.

The Liverpool Echo newspaper reports that Kenwright, along with Everton’s director of football Marcel Brands, will form part of the Everton Stadium Development Limited team.

Everton chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale and chief finance and commercial officer Sasha Ryazantsev already held director roles at the company. Everton was officially cleared to begin work on its new 52,888-capacity stadium in March after its planning application received Government approval.

Tennis Australia has appointed Cedric Cornelis as its new chief commercial officer following an “extensive global recruitment campaign”.

Cornelis joins the organisation having most recently worked with the Seek Group as commercial and marketing director in Australia and New Zealand. Prior to his time at Seek, he held general management responsibilities in operational roles at DHL Express, Jetstar and Qantas.

Cornelis will begin his new role in August. Ben Slack, currently acting chief revenue and experiential officer, will remain with Tennis Australia and assist in a smooth transition while also maintaining a senior leadership role.

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