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Appointments

People on the move: Swansea City, Lyon and more

Featured image credit: Swansea City

Championship football club Swansea City has appointed Andy Coleman as its new chairman.

Coleman has also acquired a “significant shareholding” in the club and will act as operating partner of its majority ownership group. He will assume day-to-day responsibility for the running of the club.

Coleman helped build hospitality industry finance businesses for commercial real estate Berkadia in the US and also serves as chairman of the DC United Foundation. Swansea’s co-owners Jason Levien and Steven Kaplan are co-chairmen of DC United.

John Textor has been appointed chairman of the board at OL Groupe, which owns French Ligue 1 football club Olympique Lyonnais, as Jean-Michel Aulas steps down as president of the team after more than 30 years.

US technology entrepreneur Textor completed his takeover of Lyon in December. At the time, Aulas said he would remain president of the club for a minimum of three more years, but he has now left the role and will serve as president in honorarium.

Textor will also serve as chief executive of OL Groupe for an interim period until the appointment of a new chief executive. OL Groupe thanked Aulas for his “commitment and unreserved dedication” to Lyon over the past three decades.

AI-based weapons detection security screening firm Evolv Technology has appointed Parag Vaish as its chief digital product officer.

Vaish has previously led product innovation for Tesla, Microsoft, Google, Walt Disney Company and StubHub. In his new role, he will report directly to Evolv Technology chief executive Peter George to further drive the company’s leadership in the digital transformation of the physical security industry.

Working closely with Evolv co-founder and chief innovation officer Mike Ellenbogen, Vaish will be responsible for developing new digital capabilities as products that will enhance the Evolv Express screening system.

The Jockey Club has appointed Anna Chanduvi as its new chief commercial and international officer, while Hannah Simpkins has been named group operations director.

Chanduvi joins The Jockey Club from Meta, where she worked as lead in sports and entertainment media partnerships. She will begin her new role on July 17 and will replace Charlie Boss, who left The Jockey Club to become chief commercial officer at Premier League football club Southampton earlier in the year.

Simpkins will join The Jockey Club from Premier League club Liverpool, where she worked for 10 years, most recently as vice-president of club operations.

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