People on the move: Chelsea, Newcastle, UBS Arena and more

Premier League football club Chelsea has today (Monday) appointed Tom Glick as its new president of business.

Glick will assume responsibility for day-to-day operations at Chelsea, including managing its global commercial strategy, driving revenue growth and enhancing fan engagement.

He most recently served as president of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, where he oversaw extensive improvements to the team’s Bank of America Stadium. Glick also oversaw the creation of Major League Soccer franchise Charlotte FC, and previously served as chief commercial officer at City Football Group and chief executive of Derby County.

Glick’s appointment comes after a consortium led by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital completed its acquisition of Chelsea in May, with the redevelopment of Stamford Bridge among the areas of investment outlined by the club’s new owners.

Elsewhere in the Premier League, Newcastle United has appointed Darren Eales as its new chief executive.

Eales joins Newcastle from MLS club Atlanta United, where he had served as president and chief executive since the team was founded in 2014. During his time at Atlanta United, the team secured the highest average attendance in MLS.

At Newcastle, Eales will work alongside sporting director Dan Ashworth, who he previously worked with at West Bromwich Albion. Eales served as West Brom’s legal director and club secretary before becoming director of football administration at Tottenham Hotspur in 2010.

Oak View Group has appointed Kim Stone (pictured right) as president of UBS Arena, home of the New York Islanders NHL ice hockey franchise.

Stone has also been named an executive vice-president of OVG East Coast and will be based in Belmont Park, New York. She will oversee all UBS Arena business and building operations and be responsible for all OVG East Coast-owned and operated properties, including Baltimore Arena.

She will report to both the board of managers of UBS Arena and Francesca Bodie, president of business development for OVG. Stone, who has previously held executive leadership roles with the Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors NBA teams, will assume her post on August 1.

Stone becomes the first female president of an OVG arena. She will oversee and implement the strategic plan for the arena and its surrounding area, drive profitability with a specific focus on premium sales, corporate sales and event booking, and drive ticket sales for all events.

Hank Abate, UBS Arena’s president of arena operations, will move into a new role as president of OVG360 venue management in the northeast region. UBS Arena’s assistant general manager Michael Sciortino will become general manager, reporting to Stone.

Stone replaces former UBS Arena president Tom Pistore who now leads OVG’s newly announced corporate office in Toronto, Canada.

SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park has appointed Travis Sampson (pictured centre) as its new senior vice-president and chief technology officer.

Sampson will oversee technology implementation and infrastructure across SoFi Stadium, home of the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams and Chargers, as well as the wider Hollywood Park, which also includes YouTube Theater, American Airlines Plaza, and retail and office space.

Sampson previously served as executive vice-president and chief technology officer for BSE Global, parent company of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and the Barclays Center arena. He was responsible for designing and implementing Barclays Center’s technology strategy and vision, and worked on the Netaverse concept for the Nets.

Kimberly Rometo (pictured left) has been hired as senior vice-president and chief innovation and technology officer for the Atlanta Hawks NBA team and its State Farm Arena home.

Rometo will oversee the technology department of the Hawks and State Farm Arena with a focus on its staff, technology infrastructure and information systems. She will also focus on helping the organisation identify and execute impactful technology category partnerships, and will report to executive vice-president and chief financial officer Joel Browning.

Rometo joins the Hawks after three seasons with the NFL’s Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium, where she served as senior vice-president and chief information officer. She led the technology efforts for the inaugural staging of Formula 1’s Miami Grand Prix at Hard Rock Stadium earlier this year.

Ticketing and ecommerce protection solutions company Protecht Inc. has appointed Mark Kramer as its new chief technology officer.

Kramer previously spent eight years as vice-president of engineering at Pac-12 Networks, where he started a successful data analytics programme. He also worked as executive vice-president of engineering at Shopkick, where he led the global mobile and platform engineering, infrastructure, data engineering and QA teams to revitalise its consumer products and services.

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