People on the move: CAA Icon, FIFA and more

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The CAA Icon agency has appointed Richard Seymour to the newly created position of strategic advisory director.

Seymour (pictured centre) will be based in London and joins CAA Icon with nearly two decades of experience spanning feasibility, consumer research and insight, data analysis, and sponsorship rights strategy.

Seymour has worked on behalf of leading sports and entertainment teams, venues, rights holders and brands. He has previously worked as a global planning director at Legends International and has also worked at Nielsen, Two Circles and Sunset+Vine.

FIFA, football’s global governing body, has confirmed that Colin Smith will be stepping down from his role as World Cup chief operating officer.

FIFA sources confirmed to The Athletic that the split with Smith was “amicable”, with the organisation’s World Cup division to now be led by Heimo Schirgi on an interim basis.

Smith has overseen planning for this year’s Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, as well as the 2026 men’s event in the US, Canada and Mexico.

“After delivering successful FIFA World Cups, as well as our many other tournaments and events, Colin Smith will be departing FIFA to take on new professional challenges,” FIFA said in a statement to The Athletic. “We would like to thank Colin for his years of service at FIFA and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”

Secutix has appointed Chris Rawlings to the new role of business development lead for the UK and Ireland, while Lennard Moons has also joined the ticketing company as general manager for the Benelux and Nordic markets.

Rawlings (pictured right) joins Secutix from the Scottish Football Association, where he was chief commercial officer for over five years. He has also held senior roles at the Rugby Football League, YMU and Sportfive International.

Moons (pictured left) has previously held multiple executive positions and was responsible for building, reorganising and digitising teams and customer experience for companies such as Stream Global Services (Concentrix), TLSContact, Agoda ( and RIFFOnline.

Swiss event and ticketing platform Eventfrog has appointed Harm-Jörg Heikens as its chief revenue officer.

Heikens has held similar management positions at eBay and DaWnda and most recently worked as director of sales and business development at Kitchen Stories. In his new role at Eventfrog, he will drive the company’s growth and build close relationships with event organisers.

GoVision, a provider of experiential services delivered through large-scale LED video displays, has promoted six long-serving employees to its management team.

Jeff Williams has been promoted to senior vice-president of operations, Kristy Johnston has been elevated to chief financial officer, and Brett Amman has been named senior vice-president of golf.

Steven Myrick has also assumed the role of vice-president of people and administration, Patrick Carlile has been promoted to vice-president of sports and entertainment, and Brad Merriman will serve as vice-president of business development and projects.

The Big 12 US college sports conference has appointed Sean Desmond as vice-president of sales, while Austin Greenstein has been named senior director of ticketing and partnerships.

The appointments coincide with the launch of Big 12’s first-ever internal commercial sales division. Desmond will report to Big 12 commissioner Brett Yomark, while Greenstein will report to Desmond.

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