People on the Move: Brisbane 2032, Cleveland Cavs and more

We round up the latest movements from the stadium sector and associated industries…

Andrew Liveris has been named as the president of the Organising Committee Board for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Liveris (pictured left) is chairman of Lucid Motors and Blackrock Long Term Private Capital, and the former chairman and CEO of Dow Chemical Company.

Liveris and his fellow board members will ensure the OCOG raises revenue through sponsorship, philanthropy, ticketing and merchandise, and be responsible for the operation of the Games venues.

Liveris said: “I have worked around the world and I have always attributed my success to my study at the University of Queensland, so Brisbane holds a special place in my heart. I am honoured to have been asked to make an important contribution to our state and nation in this critical role.”

Len Komoroski is to step down from his position as chief executive of Cleveland Cavaliers and its Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse venue at the end of the NBA season.

Komoroski became president of the Cavs in 2003 and CEO in 2013. He led the $185m transformation of the Fieldhouse, which recently hosted the NBA All-Star Game.

Komoroski will remain affiliated with Rock Entertainment Group, focused on REG’s growth and development as well as special projects and initiatives.

He said: “Since I first spoke to Dan [Gilbert – Cavs chairman] about this transition several years ago, we reflected on the ambitious bucket list and journey we’ve had from the time Dan acquired the franchise. From building a world class business team, becoming leaders in commercialising our platform, executing the transformation of the FieldHouse and establishing it as one of the top entertainment and major event venues in the world, an NBA championship and much more.”

Duc Nguyen (pictured centre) has been appointed vice president, global content programming at ASM Global.

Nguyen, previously vice president of bookings at Allegiant Stadium, will be based in Las Vegas and lead the team tasked with content generation for its arenas, stadiums, theatres and convention centres.

Nguyen said: “I am very excited to join the content team at ASM Global. It’s a fantastic opportunity to work with some of the world’s most iconic venues and be part of a dynamic operation that encompasses so many different live entertainment experiences.”

Acrisure Arena, the new 11,000-capacity live entertainment and sports venue in California, has made a string of appointments, including Scott Feldman as vice president of event services.

The future home of the AHL Coachella Valley Firebirds has also brought in Brian Puza as senior director of operations and Brienne Cole as director of ticket operations.

John Bolton, senior vice president and general manager of Acrisure Arena, said: “As we get closer to the opening of the Arena in December, you can’t underestimate the importance of putting the right team in place. I’m pleased we’ve been so successful in assembling a diverse array of talent for Acrisure Arena.”

Jan Voss has been appointed as the new managing director at Eventim Brand Connect.

Voss will take up his new role, leading CTS Eventim’s brand partnerships and sponsoring business, from next month and will report to the managing director of Eventim Live, Dr Frithjof Pils.

Voss joins the company from Universal Music Group (UMG) Germany, where he was responsible for partnerships and licensing as vice president of UMG For Brands. Previous roles include director of marketing and head of new business at the same company.

Voss said: “Live entertainment offers brands one of the most powerfully emotive ways to interact with people. There are numerous new opportunities here for brands, particularly as the live events sector starts to open up again. Taking Eventim Brand Connect forward in such an exciting environment with the power of Europe’s biggest live entertainment platforms and an excellent team will be a fantastic challenge.”

AMB Sports and Entertainment has announced the elevation of Tarena Smith (pictured right) to vice president, major events for Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Smith, a veteran in the event industry will oversee all major events adding oversight to events in The Home Depot Backyard, the 11-acre greenspace adjacent to Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Smith began her career at AMB in 2017 as director of major events where she has overseen the coordination of all the stadium’s annual major events including the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons games and concerts.

Mixhalo, creator of the wireless networking technology that specialises in live events audio, has announced Allison Brecklin as vice president of client operations and Kristene Turner as vice president of marketing.

“As we work to fundamentally transform the fan experience at live events, Allison and Kristene’s deep expertise in their respective fields will be critical to our evolution,” said John Vars, chief executive of Mixhalo. “They bring a wealth of knowledge and a passion that reflects our own, and will be major assets to our team during this period of tremendous growth at Mixhalo.”

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