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Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore will step down at the end of August, following a successful three-year contract overseeing the club’s off-pitch business operations.

Moore joined the Premier League club in 2017 and played a key role in the club’s commercial, community and civic responsibilities.

Billy Hogan (pictured left), currently managing director and chief commercial officer, will assume the role of chief executive from September 1.

Moore said: “I’ve loved every minute of the job here in Liverpool and feel privileged to have moved the club forward on its civic, commercial and community operations during the last three years. It’s been an incredible journey and I’d like to pay tribute to John, Tom and Mike for giving me the opportunity to lead the business operations at Liverpool.

“I’ve had the great pleasure of working with an exceptionally talented senior leadership team; a group of committed colleagues who work tirelessly for the club; former players; business, community and civic partners and sponsors; incredible supporters around the world and so many other people I’ve met through my role as CEO. I’m indebted to so many people I’ve met on this fantastic journey at Liverpool.

Elsewhere, Martin Fitzgerald has announced he is stepping down as chief commercial officer at See Tickets after 18 years.

He said in a LinkedIn post: “When I first joined See, or Way Ahead as it was formerly known, we were working out of a house in Nottingham City Centre. 18 years later, we have 14 offices around the world and have truly established ourselves as a market leader in ticketing technology, CRM, and bespoke client solutions.

“This growth has been testament to the dedication of the staff and the strength and cooperation of our clients. It’s a journey that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed and I’m glad to have played a part in it.

“Now feels like the right time for a new challenge and, as one chapter ends, I’m excited about starting a new one.”

In other news, theatre producer and industry legend Andre Ptaszynski (pictured right) has died at the age of 67.

He was the former chief executive of the Really Useful Group, a past president of the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and multiple Olivier winner.

SOLT said in a statement: “His knowledge and experience were unsurpassed and he brought all of this to bear in his support of the sector and his passing is a huge loss.

“Perhaps more than anything else, he was an inspiring, thoughtful and respected friend to so many people in the industry. In this recent pandemic period, he has been a calm voice of reason and optimism, helping guide and support the executive team, the board and wider membership.

“His humour, charm, generosity and warmth were legendary and he will be sorely missed by all who had the privilege to know him.”

Ptaszynski was one of the lead producers of new musical Groundhog Day, which opened at the Old Vic in 2016 before transferring to Broadway. He was Executive Producer worldwide for the RSC’s Matilda The Musical. Both productions won Best New Musical Olivier Awards.

He has also sat on the board of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts as well as the National Theatre.

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