Ben Morel, chief executive of Six Nations Rugby, will step down from the role at the end of the current 2022-23 season.
Morel has led the organisation since 2018, during which time it has secured a major strategic partnership with private investment fund CVC Capital Partners. The process to find a successor is underway, with an announcement expected in the new year.
Morel said: “I am at the stage in my life when I want to tackle other personal and professional projects and a Rugby World Cup year is the perfect time to ensure a smooth transition to keep the pace of our rapid transformation. There are several key projects I am focused on delivering before I depart and look forward to the next months ahead.”
Spanish LaLiga football club Real Betis has appointed Ramón Alarcón as its new chief executive.
Alarcón (pictured) currently serves as the club’s general director of business and will take up the new role to oversee its strategic plan, which will run from 2022 to 2026. Since he took up the business role in 2016, Real Betis has increased its commercial income from €6m (£5.2m/$6.4m) to €17m, while its ticketing revenue has risen from €9m to €14m.
The Marylebone Cricket Club has appointed Rebecca Leadbitter as its new chief people officer.
Leadbitter will begin the role in February 2023 and joins the MCC from Trinity College London, where she has worked for the past four years, most recently as chief people and culture officer.
She will report to chief executive and secretary Guy Lavender, and will be responsible for enhancing the MCC’s people strategy and driving forward its delivery for staff. Part of her remit will be to further instil the club’s brand and cultural values across the workforce.
Rugby league club Hull KR has appointed Paul Sewell as its new chair.
Sewell chairs East Hull-based company Sewell Group and will lead a new board at Hull KR that will work alongside club chief executive Paul Lakin and support owner Neil Hudgell. Further additions to the board will be confirmed soon.
A key aim of the board is to maximise the potential of the deal which saw Hull KR complete the purchase of its Craven Park stadium earlier this year. Sewell Group holds naming rights to the stadium.
The Milwaukee Brewers Major League Baseball team has appointed Marti Wronski as its chief operating officer and promoted Jason Hartlund to executive vice-president and chief commercial officer.
Wronski’s promotion marks the first time the Brewers front office has named a woman to the post of chief operating officer. She will also be the highest-ranking female executive for the Brewers since Wendy Selig-Prieb served as president and chairman.
Hartlund is in his 16th year with the Brewers over two separate stints. He oversees ticket sales and services, suite sales, partnership sales and activation, special events, concerts, and business development. Consumer marketing will be added under his new role.
Australian Football League team North Melbourne has named Jennifer Watt as its new chief executive.
Watt previously worked as an executive at Melbourne FC and spent five years managing the commercial operations of the Melbourne Cricket Club. She will commence her new role on January 23.
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