People on the move: Brisbane 2032 and more

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The Queensland government has appointed Emma Thomas as the interim chief executive for the new independent Games Venue and Legacy Delivery Authority, which has been set up ahead of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Brisbane.

Thomas, who most recently served as chief executive of Sunshine Coast Council, will start her new role on July 1. The authority will deliver the new and upgraded venues that will be used during Brisbane 2032, as well as the event’s legacy programme.

Seven independent directors are also being sought and will be selected by chief executives of the nine Games delivery partners. The board will then appoint a permanent chief executive.

In March, the Queensland government opted to scrap a planned revamp of The Gabba and ruled out the possibility of building a new stadium at Victoria Park after an independent review of the Brisbane 2032 venue infrastructure plan was released.

Betsy Fretwell has resigned as chief operating officer of the Las Vegas Grand Prix after just five months in the role.

Fretwell was appointed in January, two months after the Las Vegas Grand Prix returned to the Formula 1 calendar last November. She has resigned from the position and will return to consulting business C4ward Strategies.

In a statement to the Nevada Independent newspaper, Fretwell said: “Over the last several months while serving as the COO of the Las Vegas Grand Prix, we developed a solid plan for this year’s race, established clear lines of communication with governing agencies and furthered critical community relationships.

“I’m confident that I’m leaving the (Las Vegas Grand Prix) in a stronger position and wish them every success.”

The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) has appointed Anna Case as executive manager of sales.

Case brings more than 25 years of experience in sales, leadership and management to the role where she will lead the sales team in generating business opportunities for the venue and promoting the Gold Coast as the destination of choice for business events.

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