People on the Move: OVG, Club Wembley and more

We round up the latest movements from the stadium ecosystem…

Oak View Group (OVG) has appointed Wesley Cullen as vice president of international venue development.

Cullen will be based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and will report to Brian Kabatznick, OVG’s executive vice president business development, facilities international, to identify and develop sports and entertainment venues worldwide, including new venue opportunities and purchasing existing facilities.

Kabatznick said: “We are thrilled to have Wesley join our international venue development team.  As a highly respected arena executive we welcome her management expertise, passion to support OVG’s environmental initiatives and commitment to working in wonderful global cities.”

Club Wembley has appointed Paul Scannell to head of Club Wembley and hospitality.

Scannell will now oversee the full spectrum of the exclusive membership and all its operations.

Previously head of hospitality for The Football Association and Wembley Stadium, Scannell has also held senior management roles with the Singapore Sports Hub and Gordon Ramsay Restaurants. He has long-standing ties to the venue, starting his hospitality career working in the old Wembley Stadium and Wembley Arena whilst at university.

Scannell said: “Wembley Stadium is an iconic venue for sport and music, and the Club Wembley team continues to evolve how we ensure that we deliver an incredible experience for members at each event. From our youngest fans attending a Harry Styles concert for the first time, through to football fans who follow England games globally. We want to ensure that every fan experience in Club Wembley is the best it can possibly be. I’m looking forward to this new challenge and continuing to make it the best hospitality experience in London.”

Peggy O’Neal, president of the Richmond Football Club, has been named chairperson of the Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games in regional Victoria.

The board will also include Belinda Duarte, a leader in elite sport, social equity and First Nations communities, and Lisa Gray, an executive in the corporate and public sectors.

O’Neal said: “I love sport and what it means for communities across Victoria. I am delighted to be part of the Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games and to work with the board, to ensure that the diverse voices in our state are heard as we make decisions throughout the delivery of the Games.”

StubHub International (SHI) has appointed Fabian Pulido Diaz as its new chief financial officer.

Pulido Diaz has previously held finance positions in the USA, UK, Scandinavia and South Africa. The group said he will be tasked to drive its next growth phase in the online secondary ticketing market.

“We are excited to welcome Fabian to the StubHub International Leadership Team. With his extensive experience in finance in the online sector as well as in dynamic industries at global level, we are confident that Fabian can help drive success and impact at StubHub International,” said Atle Skalleberg, operating partner at Digital Fuel Capital, a StubHub International investor.

Danielle Buckley is to lead the development of non-football growth at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium after switching from London Stadium.

Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams Inc (WJHW) has appointed Ward Ross as a senior associate and director of network technologies.

Prior to joining WJHW, Ross was a founding partner of Thompson, Ross & Associates where he led key technology engagements for over 65 sports venues including The Baltimore Ravens, Hard Rock Stadium, Barclays Center, and Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Ward will lead the DAS, Wi-Fi, and Network design services team for WJHW.

Chris Williams, WJHW’s vice president, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Ward into our organisation. He will bring incredible expertise to his new role, and I anticipate our clients will have an excellent working relationship with Ward as we have for the last 30-plus years.”

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