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People on the move: Miami Grand Prix, AEG and more

Tyler Epp has left the Kansas City Chiefs NFL team to take up a new role as senior vice-president and chief operating officer of the Miami Grand Prix, which will join the Formula 1 calendar next year.

Epp spent eight years with the Chiefs, most recently serving as vice-president of business operations. He previously spent three years with Major League Baseball’s San Diego Padres.

In his new role, Epp will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Miami Grand Prix, which will debut on May 8. The race will incorporate Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium, home of the NFL’s Dolphins.

AEG Global Partnerships, a division of AEG, has appointed Lara Fox (pictured right) as vice-president.

Fox will be based in AEG’s Los Angeles headquarters and will report to Andrew Klein, managing director of AEG Global Partnerships, which oversees worldwide sponsorship sales and activation for over 135 properties across five continents.

Fox will be responsible for building strategic relationships and partnerships for concert tours, festivals, venues and other assets of AEG Presents, as well as festivals and live events. Fox, who joins AEG after 11 years at global media and entertainment company Complex Networks, will manage brand deals for AEG’s network of live music events, focusing on those on the West Coast.

World 12s, the new annual international 12-a-side rugby union tournament, has appointed Rowena Samarasinhe as its chief executive.

Samarasinhe will oversee the tournament’s establishment, development and expansion, and work with global stakeholders to enhance and complement the XVs game. She joins World 12s after spending the last three years running commercial consultancy GENSport.

World 12s will stage its first tournament in England next year. The tournament will invest £250m (€295m/$342m) of new financial support into the global game over the next five years.

NBA basketball team Utah Jazz has appointed Andrea Williams (pictured left) as its first chief experience officer.

Williams joins the Jazz from the College Football Playoff in Dallas, where she had served as chief operating officer since 2018. The newly-created role at the Jazz will focus on the delivery of world-class experiences for guests, partners and employees at Vivint Arena.

Williams will begin the role on November 29 and will also lead all diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives within the Jazz, and share responsibility with the team’s People & Culture department to attract, develop and retain diverse talent.

Do you have news of an appointment that we should know about? Get in touch by emailing news.editor@thestadiumbusiness.com and we’ll include it in our next round-up.

Williams picture: Utah Jazz