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Appointments

People on the move: Huddersfield Town, SEC and more

Featured image credit: Huddersfield Town/Euroleague Basketball

Championship football club Huddersfield Town has appointed former United Soccer League president Jake Edwards as its new chief executive.

Edwards (pictured right) has spent eight years as USL president, leading the organisation’s business strategy and overseeing media rights, commercial partnerships and stadium development.

Following Edwards’ arrival at Huddersfield, David Baldwin has stepped down from his role as managing director and returned to his original position as a strategic advisor to the club’s ownership and board of directors.

Huddersfield has also received notification from the English Football League (EFL) that prospective owner Kevin Nagle, who also owns USL team Sacramento Republic, has completed the required owners’ and directors’ test. Nagle’s purchase of the 100% shareholding in the club is still awaiting clearance from a statutory governing body.

Colin Hartley has been announced as the new director of operations at the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow.

Hartley has held a number of roles in the sports events sector and most recently worked on the upcoming UCI Cycling World Championships in Glasgow. He has previously worked as an event operations director for European Championships Management, head of events at Glasgow Life, and director of the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow.

He also worked on the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships, which took place at the SEC’s OVO Hydro arena, and on the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Bay FC, a new member of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) based in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, has announced Brady Stewart as its first chief executive.

Stewart built her career in the consumer and retail industry and most recently led the growth of Levi Strauss & Co.’s direct-to-consumer business in the US. At Bay FC, which will enter NWSL next year, she will work closely with the team’s co-founders, including investment firm Sixth Street and former US women’s national team players Brandi Chastain, Leslie Osborne, Danielle Slaton and Aly Wagner.

Paulius Motiejunas has been appointed acting chief executive of Euroleague Basketball for the 2023-24 season, while Dejan Bodiroga will continue to serve as president of the organisation.

Motiejunas (pictured left) will replace Marshall Glickman, who announced earlier this month that he would be stepping down as acting chief executive following the expiration of his contract on July 31.

Motiejunas has spent most of his career with Lithuanian team Zalgiris Kaunas, starting out as director of communications in 2007 and later becoming general manager. He has been club president and owner since 2013 and also serves as the director of Zalgirio Arena.

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