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People on the move: Comcast Spectacor chairman Scott to retire

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Comcast Spectacor, which owns and operates the Wells Fargo Center arena and the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers, has announced that Dave Scott, chairman of the company and governor of the Flyers, will be retiring after 30 years of working at the Comcast organisation.

Dan Hilferty, who was recently named chief executive of Comcast Spectacor, will succeed Scott (pictured) as chairman of the company on April 17 and as governor of the Flyers on July 1.

Scott joined Comcast Spectacor in December 2013. In addition to his role as governor of the Flyers, he has led the $350m (£283m/€322m) transformation of Wells Fargo Center, which will conclude in the coming months, and oversaw venue management and hospitality company Spectra, which was acquired by Oak View Group in November 2021.

As chairman and chief executive of Comcast Spectacor, Hilferty will lead the company’s entire portfolio, including the Flyers. Spectacor Sports and Entertainment chief executive Valerie Camillo will continue to work directly with Hilferty, overseeing Wells Fargo Center and leading the Flyers’ business operations.

Scott said: “Working for both Comcast and Comcast Spectacor has been the opportunity of a lifetime, and I’m very proud of all that we’ve accomplished over the last 30 years. It has been an incredible honour to work for such a terrific company and I’m very thankful to Brian (Roberts, chairman and chief executive of Comcast Corporation) for his trust in me. 

“I’ve also been fortunate to work with so many fantastic colleagues and look forward to watching this company continue to grow under Dan’s leadership.”

Hilferty added: “I’ve enjoyed partnering with Dave since I joined Comcast Spectacor last month and I’m energised about the opportunity to further advance the company. Our number one goal for the Flyers will be to consistently compete for the Stanley Cup. 

“It is going to be a process that will take time to get on that path, but I’m confident we are headed in the right direction with Danny Briere as interim GM, coach Tortorella, and our hiring of a president of hockey operations soon. Our leadership team will be fully focused to deliver on this for our fans while also continuing to make the sports complex the best location for sports and entertainment in the nation.”

In other news, UK Events has re-elected Nick Morgan, commercial opportunities lead and chair of the Outdoor Events Working Group, to its newly elected executive committee.

The association has also elected Glenn Bowdin, principal lecturer in events management at the UK Centre for Events Management, as vice chair and treasurer. Meanwhile, Priya Narain, vice chair, takes over as chair of the diversity, skills and talent working group from Caroline Jackson, who has stepped down.

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