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People on the move: Te Kaha, Real Madrid and more

David Kennedy has been appointed to lead the company overseeing the delivery of Te Kaha, a planned 30,000-seat stadium in Christchurch, New Zealand.

As chief executive of Te Kaha Project Delivery Limited, Kennedy (pictured far right) will oversee the project, designs for which were approved last month. Kennedy has extensive experience in stadium construction having served as chief executive of the Eden Park Trust during a major rebuild of the Auckland venue ahead of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Kennedy said: “This is one of the largest development and construction projects in New Zealand. I want to ensure that Te Kaha is delivered successfully, and that it is enjoyed by Cantabrians and visitors to Christchurch alike.”

Spanish LaLiga football club Real Madrid has appointed Santiago López-Vilas as the new chief executive of Real Madrid Estadio, a company created to oversee the operation of the renovated Santiago Bernabéu.

López-Vilas served as chief executive of construction company OHL from 2014 to 2018 and recently worked as an investment director at hotel chain Millenium.

López-Vilas’ appointment comes after it was reported last month that Real Madrid had agreed a long-term deal with stadium operations giant Legends for the commercial exploitation of the Bernabéu.

Premier League football club Manchester United has appointed Rick McGagh as its first head of fan engagement.

McGagh is a member of United’s Fans’ Forum and Fans’ Advisory Board and will join the club from Ofsted, where he currently works as head of internal communications and engagement.

McGagh will lead United’s engagement with fan groups such as the Manchester United Supporters’ Trust and also provide advice and insights to club leaders on fan issues.

ASM Global has appointed Darren Moore as general manager of Hull’s Bonus Arena.

Moore (pictured second from right) joins the 3,500-capacity arena from the York Barbican, where he has spent the past four years as general manager. Moore will replace Dan Harris, who has joined Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai as commercial director.

League Two football club Leyton Orient has named Mark Devlin as its new chief executive.

Devlin most recently served as chief executive of Championship club Huddersfield Town and has also worked at Swindon Town, Queens Park Rangers, Notts County, Brentford and Dundalk. He begins his new role today (Monday).

Devlin will succeed Danny Macklin as Leyton Orient’s chief executive. Macklin left the club after four years.

Eventim Live Asia, a new venture with global entertainment specialist CTS Eventim, has appointed Samantha Tzovolos as managing director and Mike Galt as senior vice-president of touring.

Tzovolos (pictured second from left) will be based in Singapore and Galt will be based in London. Tzovolos has spent the past decade as chief executive of Indonesian live entertainment company TEM and she will continue to run the firm following her appointment.

Galt (pictured far left) most recently served as vice-president of talent and touring for Live Nation Entertainment. Both Tzovolos and Galt will report to Eventim Live Asia chief executive Jason Miller.

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