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People on the move: AECOM, Manchester United and more

Featured image credit: Everton/Dan Meis

Infrastructure consulting firm AECOM has appointed architect Dan Meis as its director of global sports design.

Meis has designed a host of stadiums, ballparks and arenas around the world, and serves as the founder and managing principal of MEIS Architects. His projects include Staples Center (now Crypto.com Arena) in Los Angeles, T-Mobile Park in Seattle, and Everton’s under-construction stadium (pictured).

AECOM has appointed Meis and other members of his MEIS Architects team. AECOM has confirmed to TheStadiumBusiness.com that MEIS Architects remains owned by Perkins Eastman.

AECOM boasts a portfolio of 70-plus arenas in the US, including the under-construction Intuit Dome in Los Angeles, Golden 1 Center in Sacramento and Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Meis, whose role at AECOM begins on May 10, said: “AECOM has an incredible portfolio of game-changing venues that have raised the bar in this industry. I look forward to joining its industry-leading team of architects, engineers and sports specialists across the world to showcase what’s possible for modern sports and entertainment facilities when you combine the reach and resources of one of the world’s largest design companies with innovation and a diversity of skills.”

Bill Hanway, AECOM’s executive vice-president, added: “Design for sports and venues is entering a period of profound evolution based on innovations in technology that affect the fan and athlete experience. Dan has been a pioneer in this industry, and he will play a pivotal role in the development of our work to meet these changes.

“Together we look forward to pioneering high performance innovations that solve challenges and improve lives, bringing together fans, athletes and sponsors.”

Manchester United has announced that interim chief executive Patrick Stewart and chief financial officer Cliff Baty will leave the Premier League club by mutual consent at the end of the season.

Stewart will be replaced as chief executive by Jean-Claude Blanc until the arrival of Omar Berrada on July 13. Baty will be replaced as chief financial officer by Roger Bell.

Newly promoted League One football club Wrexham has announced that chief executive Fleur Robinson will step down from her role.

Robinson has been in day-to-day charge of the club for three years, overseeing back-to-back promotions from the National League. She previously served as commercial director of Burton Albion.

Sports, events and entertainment company KOJO has appointed Aiden Blizzard as head of partnerships and growth.

In the newly created role, Blizzard will oversee relationships with current clients and also identify and develop future opportunities and innovations alongside the KOJO executive team.

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