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People on the move: NBA, Kansas City Current and more

Scott Levy is stepping down as executive vice-president and managing director of NBA Asia at the end of June.

Ramez Sheikh, NBA Asia’s head of global content and media distribution, will be promoted to managing director for the region following Levy’s departure and will report to chief operating officer Mark Tatum.

Levy has overseen the NBA’s operations in the Asia-Pacific region since 2009 but will step down from the role to spend more time in his native United States. His departure comes after the NBA recently announced plans to stage games in Abu Dhabi and Japan.

National Women’s Soccer League club Kansas City Current has named Allison Howard as its new president.

Howard will oversee all business operations and report directly to owners of the Current, which is planning on building the NWSL’s first purpose-built stadium.

Howard joins the Current after a 10-year career with the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers, where she spent the last five years as vice-president of corporate partnerships. She previously worked as vice-president at Premier Partnerships, where she sold and managed naming-rights partnerships across the US.

Earlier this month, it was revealed that the cost of the Current’s new stadium is set to rise from an estimated $70m (£55m/€65m) to $117m. The stadium is set to open in 2024 and will have a capacity of between 11,000 and 11,500.

Barry Aherne is starting a new position as head of events and membership at the British & Irish Lions.

Aherne previously worked as an event director for the Lions between September 2020 and August 2021. He returns to the organisation after 10 months at the Two Circles sports marketing agency, where he served as a creative strategy and communications lead on the FIFA+ streaming service.

Aherne has also worked as a project manager at Bath Rugby and a senior director of marketing at the IMG agency, and previously spent more than 13 years at the Rugby Football Union across a variety of roles, including event marketing manager.

The Lawn Tennis Association, the sport’s national governing body in Britain, has announced that Sandi Procter will become its 24th president.

Procter’s appointment was confirmed at the LTA AGM last week and she will take up the position at the start of 2023. She will step up from her current role as LTA deputy president and will serve a term of three years, succeeding current president David Rawlinson.

Procter, a former PE teacher turned tennis coach and manager of the Bromley Tennis Centre, has served on the LTA board since the beginning of 2017, firstly as a council-elected non-executive director and more recently as deputy president.

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