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BSE Global, the parent company of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and the Barclays Center arena, has named Sam Zussman as its new chief executive.

Zussman will be responsible for leading the overall business strategy and operations for BSE Global, which also operates the NBA G League’s Long Island Nets and the NBA 2K League’s NetsGC. He will transition into the chief executive role this summer and join BSE Global full-time prior to the start of the 2022-23 NBA season.

Zussman, who will also become an alternate governor of the Nets, joins BSE Global after 16 years with IMG/Endeavor. He is currently based in London and has led the company’s portfolio of owned and operated event divisions, including tennis, golf, motorsports, action sports, festivals, and other cultural, art and lifestyle properties.

Co-op Live, the under-construction arena scheduled to open in Manchester in 2023, has announced a string of new appointments.

Katie Musham has been promoted from head of partnerships to director of strategic programming, while Dave Hough will serve as programming manager after leaving Manchester’s AO Arena. Ben Tipple has also joined as head of digital and social, while Holly Watson has been appointed head of marketing and events, and Nabilah Islam will serve as a marketing content assistant.

Co-op Live has also appointed Gill Garvey as its finance director, Sarah Williams as senior partnership activation manager, Frankie White as premium membership sales executive, and Emma Bingham as head of human resources.

AMB Sports and Entertainment, parent company of the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United and Mercedes-Benz Stadium, has appointed Scott Kegley (pictured left) as vice-president of digital strategy.

Kegley will report to Ryan Mucatel, senior vice-president of marketing communications at AMBSE, and will be responsible for supporting and developing digital marketing and social media strategies for AMBSE properties.

He will also provide strategic digital and social guidance to AMBSE’s ticket sales, corporate partnerships, marketing, community relations and fan experience departments. Kegley previously served as executive director of digital media and innovation for the Minnesota Vikings, and prior to that spent nine seasons as head of the San Francisco 49ers’ social and digital teams.

Tom Pistore has been appointed president of Oak View Group’s newly-launched Canadian division, OVG Canada.

Josh Epstein will be senior vice-president of partnerships and brand consulting at OVG Canada, while Zach Feldman has been named as senior vice-president of partnerships and revenue.

Check out our story from last week for more details on OVG’s new Canadian division.

Sodexo Live! has appointed Rebecca Kane Burton (pictured centre) as its new UK and Ireland chief executive, while Nicci Clarke has been named marketing director for the company’s sports, events and hospitality business.

Kane Burton most recently worked as AEG’s vice-president for The O2 in London, and as chief executive for Lloyd Webber Theatres. She has also held senior roles at English Heritage and the Alexandra Palace.

Clarke has over 15 years of experience delivering strategic and digital marketing in the retail sector. She joins Sodexo from Punch Pubs & Co, where she led a marketing strategy for an estate of over 1,300 establishments.

The WWE wrestling organisation has appointed Catherine Newman as executive vice-president and head of marketing.

Newman joins WWE from Premier League football club Manchester United, where she served as chief marketing officer. She has also held senior positions at The Times and Financial Times, leading global marketing initiatives, developing strategic partnerships and boosting subscription growth.

In her new role, Newman will have oversight of WWE’s marketing, brand, community relations, entertainment relations, creative services and photography.

German Bundesliga football club Hertha Berlin has appointed Thomas E. Herrich (pictured right) as its new managing director.

Herrich has worked at Hertha for over 18 years and has spent the past five years on the club’s management board. He is also a member of the German Football League (DFL) and German Football Federation (DFB).

Herrich’s appointment comes as Hertha explores plans for a new stadium. In April, the club reacted positively to a proposal from Iris Spranger, Senator for the Interior, Digitisation and Sport of the State of Berlin, to house a new stadium at a different site within the Olympiapark.

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