The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced that chair Ian Watmore will step down from the role with immediate effect.

Watmore has reached a mutual agreement with the ECB board to stand down. Barry O’Brien, the ECB’s current deputy chair, will step up as interim chair but he will not be a candidate for the role on a permanent basis.

Watmore was unveiled as the ECB chair in February 2020, succeeding Colin Graves in the role. Watmore served as group chief executive of the English Football Association (FA) from 2009 to 2010.

Italian Serie A football club AS Roma has appointed Pietro Berardi (pictured left) as its new corporate chief executive.

Berardi will succeed Guido Fienga in the role. Berardi most recently served as chief executive of tyre manufacturer Pirelli in North America. Berardi has also held roles at Royal Dutch Shell, Chrysler and Nissan.

English Premier League football club Burnley has appointed Russell Ball as head of matchday operations, Harriet Harbridge as fan experience manager, Lola Ogunbote as business lead overseeing all aspects of its women’s team, and Gurpi Bains as its equality, diversity and inclusion lead.

Ball has acted as an advisor to Burnley’s new owners ALK Capital, which took over the club in December 2020. He has overseen stadium improvements at Turf Moor and his new role will see him implement the board’s vision to further modernise the venue’s matchday experience.

Harbridge becomes Burnley’s first fan experience manager, having previously served as the club’s supporter liaison officer from 2016 to 2019. She joins Burnley from Manchester City.

Ogunbote also becomes the club’s first business lead and will oversee all aspects of Burnley FC Women, including personnel, budgets, and day-to-day operations. Bains will be responsible for the coordination and implementation of Burnley’s EDI strategy and joins the club from the organising committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced that Kirsty Coventry will chair its Coordination Commission for the 2032 Olympic Games in Brisbane.

The Zimbabwean, a two-time Olympic champion in swimming, previously served as chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission and as a member of the IOC executive board. Sixty-six per cent of the Brisbane 2032 Coordination Commission members are women, with the number of female chairs of IOC Commissions now 12 out of 30.

The IOC has also appointed Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović as chair of its Future Host Commission for the Olympics.

Grabar-Kitarović is a former president of Croatia and has been an IOC member since 2020. She will replace Kristin Kloster Aasen as chair of the Future Host Commission.

Australian ticketing company TEG has appointed Rachael Carroll (pictured centre) to the newly created role of managing director of TEG Sport & Experiences.

Carroll will drive the growth of TEG Sport’s major events. She has previously held key executive positions with government agencies on events such as the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. Carroll joins TEG from event management and sports promotion company Duco Events.

Steve Brice (pictured right), chief executive of Pharaoh Global and a former AEG executive, has joined the advisory board at Legends International.

Brice’s role will centre on sales and execution of premium hospitality experiences at sports and entertainment venues in the UK market.

Major League Soccer franchise Charlotte FC has named Shawn McIntosh as its chief fan officer.

McIntosh will be responsible for fostering and maintaining a direct relationship between the club and its fans. He will report to president Nick Kelly and joins Charlotte FC having previously worked as the chief revenue officer of the Norfolk Admirals ice hockey team.

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Berardi picture: AS Roma