People on the move: FIBA, Nottingham Forest and more

Featured image credit: FIBA

Featured image credit: FIBA

Qatar’s Sheikh Saud Ali Al Thani has succeeded Mali’s Hamane Niang as the new president of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).

Al Thani (pictured) has been FIBA vice-president since 2019 and he will now serve as president of the governing body until 2027. He has also served as president of FIBA Asia since 2002, having formerly been president of the Qatar Basketball Federation and a vice-president of the Qatar Olympic Committee.

Al Thani was appointed during a FIBA Congress meeting in Manila ahead of the start of the Basketball World Cup. The tournament, which is taking place in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia, got underway on Friday as 38,115 fans attended the opening game between the Philippines and the Dominican Republic.

The 2027 Basketball World Cup will take place in Al Thani’s native Qatar.

Premier League football club Nottingham Forest has announced that Nicholas Randall will step down from his role as chairman with immediate effect and will be replaced by Tom Cartledge, chief executive of Handley House Group.

Randall will be appointed as a non-executive director on the club’s board after six years as chairman. He played a key role in the leadership of the club following its acquisition by Evangelos Marinakis in 2017.

Cartledge is a lifelong Forest supporter and has had a close involvement, in an advisory capacity, to the club’s ownership on infrastructure and projects such as the proposed redevelopment of the City Ground.

ASM Global has named Paul Bowles as the new general manager of Mountain Health Arena and Convention Center in Huntington, West Virginia.

Bowles previously worked as general manager at Appalachian Wireless Arena in Pikeville, Kentucky, and also spent time as the executive director of tourism for the City of Pikeville.

Mountain Health Arena has a capacity of more than 7,000 and hosts concerts, family shows, trade shows and athletics competitions. The convention centre has more than 15,000 square feet of flexible space and is used for various events.

Dean Meehan has started a new role as head of venue management at Co-op Live, the new 23,500-capacity arena opening in Manchester next year.

Meehan joins Co-op Live after spending a year as venue operations programme manager at Factory International, a role which was also based in Manchester. He has previously worked as a stadium manager and coordinator for the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022, and as senior event manager at Manchester Central.

Ben Bradley has started a new position in the global partnerships team at sports and entertainment company AEG.

Bradley joins AEG after four and a half years at Manchester United as global partnerships director. At United, Bradley developed and implemented partnership strategies and activation plans with sponsors such as Marriott International, Mondelez, Tezos, VisitMalta and more.

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