People on the move: Lord’s, AMBSE, T-Mobile Center and more

Bruce Carnegie-Brown has taken office as the new club chairman of the Marylebone Cricket Club, owner of Lord’s.

Carnegie-Brown (pictured centre), who currently serves as chairman of Lloyd’s of London and vice-chairman of Santander Banking Group, succeeds Gerald Corbett, whose six-year term ended on September 30. Carnegie-Brown becomes the sixth MCC chairman.

Carnegie-Brown will work closely with MCC chief executive and secretary Guy Lavender to ensure the committee’s effective operation. He has been a full member of the MCC since 1997 and joined the club’s finance committee in October 2019.

Clare Connor has also taken office as the new MCC president, becoming the first female in the club’s 234-year history to assume the role.

The former England captain takes over from Kumar Sangakkara, the former captain of Sri Lanka’s men’s team. Connor is currently the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)’s managing director of women’s cricket and was made an honorary member of the MCC in 2009.

AMB Sports and Entertainment has promoted Heather Sautter to the position of vice-president of corporate, marketing and new ventures communications.

Sautter also joins the executive leadership team at AMBSE, the parent company of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, Major League Soccer’s Atlanta United and Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Sautter joined AMBSE in February 2016 to lead communications initiatives around the construction and launch of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, strategic communications of group sponsorships and other key partnerships, and targeted executive communications.

Prior to joining AMBSE, Sautter led communications for Atlanta-based sports marketing and creative agency YAH (formerly CSE) and spent more than a decade with Turner Broadcasting overseeing corporate, marketing and programming communications for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies.

Jay Cooper (pictured right) has been named general manager of T-Mobile Center, an 18,000-capacity arena in Kansas City, Missouri.

Cooper has been appointed to the role by arena operator ASM Global. Cooper has more than 34 years of venue management expertise and previously worked directly on the development and implementation of enterprise-wide supporting programmes, including VenueShield, ASM Global’s post-pandemic recovery programme.

Cooper’s career with ASM Global began as general manager of Nationwide Arena, home of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets. He has previously held senior management roles at Chicago’s Toyota Park, Tampa’s Amalie Arena and Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena.

Barry Bragg (pictured left) has been appointed as chair of the company that will oversee delivery of the Canterbury Multi-Use Arena, a proposed 30,000-seat stadium in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Bragg is a chartered accountant and has served as a director on a number of property and commercial companies, including Ngāi Tahu Property. Read our full story on Bragg’s appointment here.

Mobile-focused ticket platform SeatGeek has strengthened its management team through the appointment of Nick Carey, who will take up the role of senior director of US account management. 

Carey fills the role and joins from Wells Fargo, where he spent almost a decade, most recently as head of sponsorships and brand engagement. Head to our sister site TheTicketingBusiness.com for full details.

Premier League football club West Ham United has appointed Sophie Lawson as its new supporter liaison officer.

Lawson returns to the club after a three-year hiatus and will look after West Ham’s contact with fans across all channels, as well as working closely with supporters’ groups, including the recently formed Independent Supporters’ Committee.

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Images: Lord’s/Christchurch City Council/T-Mobile Center