People on the move: Australian Grand Prix, CBS Arena and more

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The Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) has appointed Travis Auld as its new chief executive.

Auld will conclude his current role as the Australian Football League’s general manager of finance, clubs and broadcast in the coming weeks before commencing his new role on August 14.

The AGPC is currently led by acting chief executive Dale Nardella and acting deputy chief executive Anthony Connelly, who assumed their roles following the conclusion of former chief executive Andrew Westacott’s contract on June 30.

Paul Michael (pictured) has been named managing director of Coventry Building Society Arena, home of Championship football club Coventry City.

Michael has served as commercial director of the venue since 2019. In his new role, he will help the wider team build upon the 630 events that are held at the stadium every year across exhibitions, conferences, meetings, sport and music.

His first role at CBS Arena was as general manager of the newly-opened on-site Doubletree by Hilton hotel in 2016.

Coventry’s fellow Championship club, Birmingham City, has announced the appointments of Tom Wagner as chairman of the board and Garry Cook as chief executive.

Wagner, co-founder and co-chief executive of Knighthead Capital Management, has acquired a 45.64% stake in the club and full ownership and control of its St. Andrew’s stadium.

Cook most recently served as executive president and chief executive of the Saudi Pro League and previously held roles at Manchester City and the UFC.

Kelly McGrath has been named general manager and executive director of Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

McGrath joined Minnesota Sports & Entertainment in 2000 as director of sales for the NHL’s Minnesota Wild, which plays at Xcel Energy Center. She transitioned to director of sales for the arena in 2005 and assumed marketing responsibilities in 2008, before expanding her role in 2022 to become director of marketing and communications for all MSE-managed facilities.

Secutix, which specialises in digital solutions for the events industry, has appointed Mos Matin as vice-president of European sales.

Matin joins Secutix from Salesforce, where he was EMEA regional vice-president for over three years. In his newly created role, he will have overall commercial responsibility for Secutix in Europe.

Amy Mrazek has joined primary ticketing and experience technology company Vivenu as executive vice-president of marketing.

Mrazek previously worked as vice-president of marketing at Leap Event Technology (formerly Patron Technology), where she stewarded all branding and marketing efforts for B2B event technology brands.

DeFy Tickets, a blockchain-based ticketing platform powered by NFT ticketing provider GET Protocol, has hired Mike Rogers as vice-president of business development.

Rogers has worked for nearly 20 years alongside independent ticketing platforms such as Dice, Eventbrite and Ticketfly.

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