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People on the move: LA28, Coachella Valley Arena and more

Kathy Carter has been named chief executive of the organising committee for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Los Angeles.

Carter will report to LA28 chairperson Casey Wasserman. Carter joined the organising committee in October 2018 as chief revenue officer and chief executive of US Olympic and Paralympic Properties.

Since joining the team, Carter has overseen LA28’s founding partnerships and led a partnership with NBCUniversal to give brands elevated opportunities around the Games. Under Carter’s leadership, LA28 has also announced a global hospitality programme in collaboration with On Location, the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, Paris 2024 and Milano-Cortina 2026.

In her new role as LA28 chief executive, Carter will expand her focus to include Games delivery, impact and business operations.

Carter said: “I’m honoured and humbled and more energised than ever to co-create a Games that will unite us as a local and global community while celebrating the beauty of our differences.

“The LA28 Games present an incomparable opportunity to showcase what’s good in the world and what’s great about the Los Angeles community. I’m inspired to be part of the tremendous progress the LA28 Games are sure to create.”

Prior to joining LA28, Carter was a founding member of Major League Soccer, spending 20 years with the league and Soccer United Marketing, including eight years as president. She previously held positions with AEG in Los Angeles and served as manager of partnership marketing for the organising committee for the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the US.

Nadine Dorries has been named the UK’s new Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, replacing Oliver Dowden.

Dorries assumes the role after Dowden was named chairman of the Conservative Party by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Dorries previously served as Minister of State for Mental Health, Suicide Prevention and Patient Safety.

Oak View Group has announced the appointment of three executives at Coachella Valley Arena, a new 11,000-seat venue that will serve as the home of the Seattle Kraken’s American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate team.

JoAnn Armstrong (pictured centre) has been named vice-president of programming, Joyce Szudzik will serve as vice-president of marketing, and Ruth Hill becomes vice-president of finance. All three will be based in Palm Desert and report to John Bolton, senior vice-president of entertainment – facilities at OVG and general manager of Coachella Valley Arena.

Armstrong will be responsible for strategic content programming of all concerts, family shows, and special events, as well as facilitating the AHL hockey schedules. She joins from Honda Center, home of the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks.

Szudzik joins OVG from AEG Worldwide and will oversee the planning and implementation of Coachella Valley Arena marketing strategy, including brand, ticket sales, media buying, partnership marketing, social and digital media.

Hill will be responsible for establishing the financial infrastructure and compliance, developing budgets and monthly forecasts, and assisting with projecting event deals and P&L while overseeing the daily operations of all accounting and finance functions.

Sports and entertainment venue architect Bryan Trubey (pictured right) has been selected to lead Overland Partners’ new Dallas design practice.

Trubey left his role as executive vice-president at architecture firm HKS in June. He launched HKS’s sports practice in 1992 and helped expand the company’s international presence in recent years.

Trubey brings with him to Overland Partners a number of long-time colleagues, including John Hutchings, Austin Ash, Trip Boswell, Dan Trafford, Katie Miles and Cheryl Karalla. They are already at work in a temporary office space that overlooks Klyde Warren Park in Dallas.

Trubey said: “As you can imagine, I’ve had a lot of queries since the HKS departure. I am absolutely positive that my best work is in front of me. There was one over-riding goal. I want to work with an established and proven firm that had a team of professionals who are grounded in a set of core values. Those ideals include respect, trust and a commitment to generate ‘original thought’ in everything we create.”

Mobile technology and e-commerce platform Venuetize has named Ben Reubenstein (pictured left) as its new chief technology officer.

Reubenstein joined Venuetize as a consultant in the office of the chief executive in October 2020. Prior to joining Venuetize, he built and orchestrated teams working on apps such as the NBA, March Madness Live, PGA Tour, Pokémon TV and American Idol, among others.

Venuetize provides services for the sports, hospitality and entertainment industries. Earlier this year, it signed partnerships with Major League Baseball team the Minnesota Twins and NHL ice hockey franchise the Florida Panthers.

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Images: Venuetize/Oak View Group/Overland Partners Architects