People on the move: Manchester United, ASM Global and more

Manchester United has announced that Richard Arnold, its managing director, will become the club’s chief executive from February 1.

Arnold’s new role will coincide with the departure of Ed Woodward as United’s executive vice-chairman. Woodward has served as executive vice-president of United since 2012, having joined the club in 2005.

Arnold joined United in August 2007 and has served as the club’s managing director since 2013.

ASM Global has named Jessica Ragsdale (pictured right) as vice-president of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Ragsdale joins ASM Global from Microsoft, where she spent eight years, most recently as a key member of the company’s global diversity and inclusion team. In her new role at ASM Global, she will work with the team to turn ideas into action plans that can be implemented within the company.

Ragsdale’s appointment comes after ASM Global recently announced that it is launching the ASM Global Acts Foundation to support philanthropic and community-based endeavours. Ragsdale’s focus will be on providing strategic leadership in the areas of diversity, inclusion and equity.

Chris Halpin (pictured left), executive vice-president and chief strategy and growth officer for the NFL, has left the league to become the chief financial officer of digital media holding company IAC.

Halpin will take up his new role on January 26 and will report to IAC chief executive Joey Levin, overseeing all corporate finance, accounting, M&A, investor relations and administration functions.

At the NFL, Halpin was responsible for all strategic growth and development opportunities, including digital and sports betting strategies, data and analytics, and international expansion.

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has promoted Kelly Fairweather to the position of chief executive. Fairweather formerly served as chief operating officer of the ITF, having previously worked as a sports director at the International Olympic Committee and as chief executive of the International Hockey Federation.

TicketCo co-founder Carl-Erik Michalsen Moberg has been appointed as the new chief executive of the company following the departure of Kåre Bottolfsen.

Michalsen Moberg founded the cloud-based events payment and streaming platform with Bottolfsen in 2012.

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