We round up the latest movements from the stadium ecosystem…
Event management specialist Stadium has announced a new managing director in Carl Taylor (pictured left) to accelerate the firm’s expansion across the UK.
The UK-based company provides traffic management, event services and training, the hiring of stewards and Security Industry Authority (SIA) security staff for events globally. Stadium has worked with events ranging from the Olympic Games to Premier League football matches and concerts.
Taylor has more than 18 years of experience in the events industry and has joined Stadium from OCS Group. Prior to his role with OCS, he was head of events at Carlisle Support Services, where he worked alongside organisations such as All England Lawn Tennis Club, Lord’s Cricket and Cheltenham Racecourse.
Taylor said: “I’m delighted to be joining Stadium and working alongside such a respected team, which has developed an excellent reputation within the events industry. It is also a company which has seen a tremendous amount of growth in recent years, and I feel that ambition – and the core values of honesty and integrity – align perfectly with me.
“I’m looking forward to getting out there, meeting our clients, and getting on the ground with all of our teams.”
Stadium founder and executive chairman David McAtamney added: “It’s great to have someone of Carl’s experience on board. I have no doubt his industry knowledge and contacts will be a great asset for us and our clients, during what is already shaping up to be a busy year.”
Enchant Christmas has named Cirque du Soleil pioneer Jerry Nadal (pictured right) as chief operating officer as the holiday extravaganza prepares to unveil an expanded series of 2022 dates in major cities throughout the US.
Featuring a unique display of over four million lights—produced on over 15 acres—Enchant Christmas presents a holiday-themed adventure light maze, ice skating, a minus 14-degree Ice Lounge and a European-styled holiday shopping marketplace featuring artisans, craftsmen and culinary treats from around the world. Since 2016 Enchant Christmas has partnered with prominent venues and major league sports stadiums including Washington D.C.’s Nationals Park and Las Vegas Ballpark, St. Petersburg, Florida.
“To have a legendary entertainment executive like Jerry joining our team ensures our future success and the tremendous growth trajectory we are on,” said Enchant Christmas founder and chief executive Kevin Johnston.
Dr Cornelius Baur has been appointed as the new deputy chairman of the supervisory board of CTS Eventim.
Baur succeeds Professor Jobst Plog, who decided not stand for re-election after 16 years in office. The Annual Shareholders’ Meeting of the company confirmed the appointment of Baur last week.
Dr Bernd Kundrun, chairman of the supervisory board, said: “I am delighted that we were able to win Dr Baur for this role. He brings outstanding international management skills to the board and his expertise will be an invaluable asset as we seek to drive forward the development of CTS Eventim. I would also like to thank Professor Plog for his many years of dedicated service on the supervisory board of our company and wish him all the best for the future.”
Dominic McKay has been confirmed as permanent chairman of European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR), tournament organiser of the Heineken Champions Cup and EPCR Challenge Cup, and his appointment will run until the end of the 2024/25 season.
McKay was appointed interim chairman in October 2021 and takes up the permanent position following the recommendation of the EPCR Board and wider European leagues and unions.
McKay, formerly chief operating officer of Scottish Rugby, will oversee the delivery of the new EPCR strategy and eight-year agreement between EPCR stakeholders alongside the EPCR board and executive.
EPCR director Andrea Rinaldo said: “We are very pleased to confirm Dominic’s appointment on a permanent basis. We have all enjoyed working with him over the past few months and are delighted he has agreed to become our chairman.
“With the sporting experience coupled with strategic and leadership skills he brings to our organisation, we can look forward confidently to the future, which includes concluding our 2021/22 tournaments. Beyond that, we are driving towards expanding the competitions, commercial growth to continue delivering world-class rugby experiences for fans, clubs, players and partners and leading the way for rugby in Europe in developing our game.”
Live entertainment company All Things Live, which represents artists and promotes events across the Nordics and Belgium, has appointed Gry Mølleskog (pictured centre) as group chief executive.
Mølleskog will start her new role on August 1, and will also become the country CEO for All Things Live companies in Norway.
She is currently in the role of Lord Chamberlain (CEO) of the Royal Court of Norway, where she has also worked in chief of staff positions over the last seven years.
Mølleskog has held positions including senior client partner with recruiter Korn/Ferry International as well as numerous roles at SAS, including senior vice-president. She was also part of the executive management team for five years between 1998 and 2003.
“All Things Live is one of the most exciting companies in live entertainment in Europe,” said Mølleskog. “The Group is well-positioned for further growth, and I look forward to building on this strong foundation together with the ambitious owners.”
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