People on the move: MLSE, Extreme Networks and more

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Keith Pelley is stepping down as chief executive of golf’s DP World Tour to become president and chief executive of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), operator of several major league teams and venues in the Canadian city of Toronto.

Pelley (pictured right), a Toronto native, will join MLSE on April 2, becoming the fifth president and chief executive in the company’s 25-year history. Pelley joined the European Tour Group in 2015, having previously served as president of Rogers Media.

Cynthia Devine, the current president and chief executive of MLSE, will retire from her role once Pelley joins the company and has agreed to stay on until June as an advisor to the board to assist with the transition. MLSE’s properties include the NBA’s Toronto Raptors, the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs, and the city’s Scotiabank Arena.

Guy Kinnings, the current deputy chief executive and executive director of the Ryder Cup, will become the new chief executive of the European Tour Group following Pelley’s departure.

Cloud-driven networking company Extreme Networks has promoted Norman Rice to the role of chief commercial officer.

In his new role, Rice (pictured left) will focus on driving revenue growth and leading the company’s sales, partner, services and supply chain organisations. Rice joined the company in 2015 and most recently served as chief operating officer.

Extreme’s chief revenue officer Joe Vitalone has resigned from his position but will serve in an advisory role to ensure a smooth transition.

Anthony Mozzicato has started a new role as vice-president of guest experience and safety at the Intuit Dome for the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers.

Mozzicato will join the Clippers from BEST Crowd Management, where he has served on the leadership team for three years. The Clippers will move into the new 18,000-capacity Intuit Dome arena later this year.

Madison Square Garden Entertainment has announced that Jessica Tuttle has been promoted to executive vice-president of productions.

Tuttle will continue to lead MSG Entertainment’s productions business, which includes venue tours at Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall. She joined MSG Entertainment in 2010 and has held roles of increasing responsibility across various areas of the business.

Mark Dodson has announced that he will step down from his role as chief executive of Scottish Rugby in the summer.

Dodson, who was appointed in September 2011, had extended his contract in June 2022 through to the summer of 2025. With a revised governance structure now in place at the body, Dodson has decided to step down a year early.

Dodson joined Scottish Rugby from the Guardian Media Group ahead of the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

League One football club Port Vale has appointed Matt Hancock as its new chief executive.

Hancock (pictured right) joined the club in a newly created community and CSR director role in January 2023 after spending 11 years at Burton Albion. In his new role, he will oversee off-the-pitch growth at Port Vale and will become accountable for the day-to-day running of the club.

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