Sports focused ticketing firm Mike Burton Group has appointed former Emirates Old Trafford and Lancashire Cricket executive Justin Hopwood as its chief commercial officer.

As part of the move, Hopwood (pictured) will also join the board as a director alongside chairman and founder Mike Burton and chief executive Ian Edwards.

In his new role, the former Lancashire Cricket executive will work alongside Edwards to lead on the day-to-day and long-term commercial and new business strategy for the company, which specialises in sports ticketing and hospitality.

Read our coverage of the appointment earlier this week here.

Patron Technology named ticketing industry veteran Doug Lyons as senior vice president of marketing.

Lyons has worked in several senior management roles with major ticketing companies including Paciolan, Tickets.com, AXS, and SeatGeek, as well as the entertainment consulting business he co-founded, Neon Palm Tree.

Brian Arnone, president-North America ticketing and CRO of Patron, said: “His extensive experience in the live entertainment business goes far beyond ticketing, so having him as our SVP of Marketing to help share the story of our complete, data-driven event technology solution is key.”

Blockchain-based ticketing firm FanDragon Technologies has made several new hires and appointments with Lori Ross named vice president of business and legal affairs. She will oversee a variety of complex international commercial and technology agreements – including strategic partnerships – and ensure compliance with laws and regulations dealing with intellectual property and privacy.

The firm also promoted Alan Rakov to head of business development and ticketing partnerships.

Accesso Technology has reappointed its former chief executive Steve Brown back into the top role.

The provider of virtual queuing and ticketing technology to global attractions including theme parks and ski resorts said Brown has agreed to return to the helm as current chief Paul Noland is stepping down from the position and the board.

UK-based Candypants, which organised more than 400 shows in 2019, has appointed Gatecrasher co-founder Simon Oates as director of group strategy.

Candypants organises club nights and day parties in UK, Europe, North America and the Middle East. Alongside CEO Ray Chan, Oates is tasked with growing the Leeds-based company’s business over the next five years, following its best-ever 12 months in 2019.

Scott Gibson has been named chief commercial officer of Contactable, a customer on-boarding and validation solutions company.