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People on the move: ASM Global, Manchester United and more

Featured image credit: ASM Global

ASM Global has announced three new appointments as part of its continued expansion in the Nordic region.

Tobias Ekman joins as general manager for four arenas in the Stockholm Globe District, including Avicii Arena and Tele2 Arena. Michael Yngvesson has also been named general manager of Stockholm’s Friends Arena, while David Laturnus has been appointed to the newly created role of food and beverages director in the Nordics.

Ekman (pictured right) will oversee the Avicii Arena through its full-year closure in 2024 as the venue undergoes a complete renovation ahead of reopening in January 2025. He will start his new role in January after leaving his current position as chief executive of artist and promoter agency Jubel.

Yngvesson (pictured centre) will combine his new role as Friends Arena general manager alongside his position as operations director for ASM Global in the Nordics. Laturnus (pictured left), who most recently served as managing director for food and beverages operator Five Moments, will begin his new role in April 2024.

Richard Arnold has stepped down as chief executive of Manchester United after 16 years with the Premier League club.

Patrick Stewart will take over as interim chief executive, in addition to his existing role as general counsel. Arnold will continue to provide transitional support until the end of December, with a search process to be carried out for a new permanent chief executive.

Arnold joined United in August 2007 and served as managing director from 2013 before becoming chief executive in February last year. His departure has been announced amid reports that British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe is close to acquiring a 25% stake in United for a fee likely to be worth more than £1.25bn (€1.43bn/$1.56bn).

Rugby Australia has elected former international player Daniel Herbert as its new chair after Hamish McLennan was sacked.

Herbert, who played 67 Tests for Australia and won the World Cup in 1999, held roles with the Queensland Rugby Union following his retirement. He then embarked on a corporate career and has been on the board of Rugby Australia since 2020.

McLennan has been sacked after rejecting calls from six state unions for his resignation amid plans to centralise state rugby. McLennan has also opted to resign from the Rugby Australia board.

Christian Prud’homme has been named as the new chief executive of French Ligue 1 football club Olympique Lyonnais.

Prud’homme will be responsible for the direction and management of the club’s day-to-day operations and will report directly to owner John Textor. Prud’homme will join Lyon in early 2024 after leaving his role as chief executive of French media group L’Équipe.

Chris Jenkins has been elected as the new president of the Commonwealth Games Federation ahead of Kereyn Smith.

Jenkins, the former chief executive of Commonwealth Games Wales, received 64 votes from CGF member nations and territories, compared to the 10 of Smith, the former chief executive of the New Zealand Olympic Committee and a vice-president of the CGF.

Jenkins has pledged to transform the Commonwealth Games, and his election comes at a key time for the CGF as it continues to deal with the fallout of Victoria’s withdrawal from hosting the 2026 Games.

National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) team Chicago Red Stars has named Karen Leetzow as its new president.

Leetzow joins the Red Stars after serving as chief legal officer of the US Soccer Federation. She previously worked as general counsel at NASCAR.

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