Appointments

People on the move: ECB, Newcastle United and more

Richard Gould has been appointed as the new chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

Gould (pictured) will take up the post at the end of January, moving from his current role as chief executive of Championship football club Bristol City. Gould has worked at Bristol City since 2021, having previously served as chief executive of Somerset County Cricket Club and then Surrey County Cricket Club.

Gould was unanimously recommended to the ECB board by the governing body’s nominations committee. Clare Connor will continue to serve as interim chief executive until Gould’s arrival.

Before joining Somerset, Gould was commercial director of Bristol City between June 2001 and June 2005. He formerly served as a tank commander in the British Army.

Premier League football club Newcastle United has named Peter Silverstone as its new chief commercial officer.

Silverstone joins the club from football media platform OneFootball, where he served as senior vice-president of global development. He previously spent almost seven years at Arsenal before leaving his role as chief commercial officer in February 2022.

He initially joined Arsenal in 2015 as business development director before joining the club’s executive team in 2018, initially as a commercial director and then chief commercial officer. Before joining Arsenal, Silverstone worked at Pitch International in London and South America.

Bernd Reichart has been appointed chief executive of A22 Sports Management, the commercial sports development company behind the European Super League project.

Reichart most recently served as group chief executive of German broadcaster RTL and his initial focus at A22 will be to initiate dialogue with football stakeholders with the aim of facilitating the development of a “sustainable sporting model” for European club football.

Currently, only three clubs remain committed to the European Super League project: Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus. The plans were first proposed in April 2021 but nine clubs – Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Atlético Madrid, AC Milan and Inter Milan – pulled out following backlash from fans and politicians.

Martin Green, who was previously chief creative officer for this summer’s Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, has announced he is going to help run next year’s Eurovision Song Contest. 

Green has been appointed as managing director for the competition, which will take place in Liverpool next year. 

Alex Ogilvie has started a new role as head of brand and communications with event ticketing software provider Lyte. 

Ogilvie was previously head of brand and communications for Event Genius and Festicket, which recently fell into administration. Lyte agreed to purchase the assets of the failed businesses and take on members of staff. 

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