Deborah Jevans is set to become the first female chair of the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club (AELTC) after the organisation announced that she will succeed Ian Hewitt in the role after this year’s Wimbledon Championships.
Jevans (pictured left) has been elected as vice-chair and will assume the position of chair in July. She previously served as director of sport for the London 2012 organising committee, chief executive of the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England, and vice-chair of Sport England.
A former player, Jevans also worked as director of women’s tennis at the International Tennis Federation, and currently serves as a senior independent non-executive director of the English Football League. She is also a trustee of the Invictus Games Foundation and EFL Trust and was awarded a CBE in 2013.
Oak View Group has appointed Gary McAneney as senior vice-president of finance and chief financial officer of UBS Arena, home of the NHL’s New York Islanders.
McAneney (pictured centre) starts the roles immediately and will report to Francesca Bodie, president of business development for OVG, and Kim Stone, president of UBS Arena and executive vice-president of OVG East Coast.
He will lead financial operations across all OVG-owned and operated venues within its business development vision, as well as overseeing finance functions at UBS Arena. McAneney previously served as senior vice-president of finance and global solutions at ASM Global, and prior to that worked at SMG for 20 years as senior vice-president of finance.
Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. has promoted Josephine Vaccarello to executive vice-president of live.
Vaccarello (pictured right) previously served as senior vice-president of MSG’s live and business operations. In the new elevated role, she will lead MSG Entertainment’s live entertainment bookings business across all of the company’s performance venues.
Vaccarello will also be responsible for booking concert residencies at MSG Sphere, the company’s new venue in Las Vegas which is scheduled to open later this year. She will report to James Dolan, executive chairman and chief executive of MSG Entertainment.
AC Milan has announced that Randy Levine, president of Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees, has joined the board of directors at the Serie A football club.
Levine has served as Yankees president for over 20 years and played a key role in the redevelopment of Yankee Stadium, which was completed in 2009. He also partnered with the Dallas Cowboys to create Legends Hospitality.
His appointment to the AC Milan board of directors comes after US private investment firm RedBird Capital Partners concluded its takeover of the club in August. The acquisition made Yankee Global Enterprises a minority owner of the club, with the two parties entering into a strategic partnership.
Charlie Boss has been named chief commercial officer of Premier League football club Southampton.
Boss joins Southampton from The Jockey Club, where he led the company’s commercial team covering strategy, partnerships, conferences and events, and business development. He joined The Jockey Club in 2021 after working at Disney as commercial director for sports across Europe and Africa.
Boss also led ESPN’s UK office and previously worked as head of marketing, commercial and strategy for ESPN in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In his new role, he will report to Southampton chief executive Martin Semmens.
Yorkshire County Cricket Club has appointed Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson as co-chair to work alongside Lord Kamlesh Patel, who will step down as chair at its next annual general meeting in March.
Grey-Thompson will work alongside Patel until the AGM and will continue to serve as interim chair until a new chair is appointed. Grey-Thompson is a board member and non-executive director at Yorkshire CCC.
John Roth has been appointed chief operating officer of Pegula Sports & Entertainment and the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres.
Roth will assume day-to-day leadership of the PSE offices and business side of the Sabres. He previously spent 24 years at Fidelity Investments, where he was an investor and served as portfolio manager of the Fidelity New Millennium and Fidelity Mid-Cap Stock Fund, as well as co-manager of Fidelity Advisor New Insights Fund.
Sports marketing agency Two Circles has promoted Laura Andriani to senior vice-president of consulting.
Andriani has served as vice-president at Two Circles since 2020, focusing on helping sports properties navigate changing consumer behaviour to develop new media models. In her new role, she will continue to lead efforts to drive affinity, retention and commercial value through social content marketing, paid media, CRM, SEO, gaming and creative storytelling.
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