People on the move: Populous, BHA and more

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Architecture and design practice Populous has announced the creation of a new chief people officer role and appointed three of its regional board members to its global holdings board.

Kristin Gibbar has been named chief people officer and senior principal, and will be based out of the company’s Americas headquarters in Kansas City. Gibbar (pictured right), who previously worked at Black & Veatch, Amazon and Sun Microsystems, will start her new role on June 24 and report to Populous’ founder, chair and chief executive Earl Santee.

Populous has also announced that Declan Sharkey, Scott Capstack and Brett Wightman have joined the firm’s global holdings board. Sharkey (pictured left) is currently a senior principal and regional board member within the EMEA region, Capstack is a senior principal and director in the Americas, and Wightman is a senior principal and regional board member in the APAC region.

Julie Harrington has announced that she will leave her job as chief executive of the British Horseracing Authority at the end of the year.

Harrington has been in the role for four years and has overseen the introduction of a new governance structure. The BHA will shortly appoint executive search specialists to oversee the recruitment process for a new chief executive, which will begin this week.

Joe Saumarez Smith will also step down as chair of the BHA at the end of May 2025.

Terry Davies has announced that he will step down from his role as chief executive of Dunedin Venues.

The company oversees the management of Forsyth Barr Stadium and other venues in the New Zealand city. Davies has held the role for 10 years, splitting his time between Dunedin and Australia.

Geoff Donaghy has announced that he will step down from his full-time role as chief executive of ICC Sydney and group director of convention centres for ASM Global (APAC).

Donaghy will depart from the role on August 30, but will stay on as an advisor to the business until the end of the year. Donaghy has been in the venue management business for 30 years.

ICC Sydney opened in 2016 and hosts a range of events throughout the year.

LED video display provider GoVision has hired Matt Ritter as its new senior vice-president of business development.

Starting on July 1, Ritter will work alongside the company’s fixed-installation team and Brad Merriman, vice-president of projects and business development, to co-lead and co-manage GoVision’s client portfolio. He will also join GoVision’s executive leadership team.

Ritter joins GoVision from BT Trailers, where he has served as president and chief executive since late 2021. He has also worked at Southpaw Sports & Entertainment, Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company, and TS Sports.

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