UK Music, the umbrella body that represents the UK music industry, has announced Jamie Njoku-Goodwin (pictured centre) will be its new chief executive.

Njoku-Goodwin was previously a special adviser to Health Secretary Matt Hancock and also worked as a special adviser at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Tom Kiehl, who has been acting chief executive since February, will continue as deputy chief executive and director of public affairs.

UK Music chair Tom Watson said: “His experience of working at the heart of Government will be invaluable to the industry as we make the case to ministers that our sector needs further support as we return to being a net contributor to the country’s economy.

“Jamie is well known to our members as he has always been a passionate supporter of music, both in his professional roles in Government, particularly whilst at the Department for Digital, Media and Sport and also as a musician himself.”

Njoku-Goodwin added: “UK Music has a vital role in fighting for the interests of the music industry, and I am delighted to be taking the helm of the organisation at such an important time.

“There are big challenges facing commercial music, like the impact of coronavirus, the importance of copyright, and the need for more action on diversity and inclusion. But for all the challenges, there are also huge opportunities – and I am confident that with the right support, the music industry can be the British success story of the 2020s.”

Eventbrite has appointed Naomi Wheeless (pictured left) to the company’s board of directors, effective immediately.

Wheeless currently serves as the global head of customer success at Square, where she oversees one of the company’s largest teams focused on addressing customer needs.

She said: “The customer has always been at the centre of Eventbrite’s business and I’m particularly inspired by the resilience and ingenuity that creators have shown during this challenging time.

“Creating seamless connections between the customer and the company is both my strength and passion and I look forward to partnering with the team to sharpen their practices as the industry continues to navigate a new era of live experiences.”

Julia Hartz, co-founder and CEO of Eventbrite, added: “Naomi’s proven track record creating world-class customer experiences and improving operations for thriving global businesses make her a fantastic addition to our board.

“We’re thrilled to welcome a leader of her caliber and expertise, which will strengthen Eventbrite’s focus on serving our community of nearly one million creators and delivering on our mission to bring the world together through live experiences.”

Meanwhile, CSM Sport and Entertainment, a global partnerships, integrated marketing and brand experience firm, announced today a leadership transition in its North American operations.

Current CSM North America chief executive Dan Mannix is transitioning into a senior advisor role.

Christa Carone (pictured right), currently president of CSM NA, will assume Mannix’s role as leader of North America. Carone joined CSM as president of North America in January, following her leadership role as president of Group Nine Media, and prior client-side marketing leadership positions as head of brand marketing and communications at Fidelity Investments and chief marketing officer of Xerox Corporation.

In leading North America for CSM, she joins the executive board of CSM’s global operations and is responsible for the collective success of CSM’s North American businesses including partnerships for rights holders; sponsorship strategies for brands; virtual and in-person consumer experiences; production services; and professional and youth sports leagues’ marketing and management.

She said: “I joined CSM earlier this year to be part of connecting brands with opportunities that rally consumers around passion points. And, I’m inspired by the ingenuity our people bring every day to ensure that sport and entertainment continue to be unifying forces in our world. I’m proud to be leading the team that is driving important campaigns and collaborations that give us all something to cheer about.”

Stadium Experience, a not-for-profit marketing collaboration set-up by sports clubs to promote venues for conferences and events, has recruited Ravin Pankhania to its voluntary leadership team.

Ravin is the venue sales manager at Kingsholm Stadium, home of Gloucester Rugby Club. Ravin has stepped up to assist with the management of the not-for-profit association, which currently works with over 50 football, rugby and cricket clubs across the UK and Ireland.

He said: “I’m delighted to be joining this great group of like-minded individuals within the world of stadia. It is a great opportunity to represent both rugby and stadiums as a whole. I’m excited to be both joining & representing the Stadium Experience Leadership team as well as promote the unique venues the organisation works with.”