Ken Paul (pictured right) has left Seatgeek Enterprise after five years to spearhead the launch of Icelandic-based TIX ticketing platform into the UK market.

Already successful across Scandinavia, TIX management is focusing on the arts market in UK and Ireland for its next footprint.

During Paul’s time at SeatGeek, he oversaw the expansion of the system into the Scandinavian and Irish entertainment markets and the company’s expansion into West End Theatre.

Meanwhile, Ticketmaster has announced a series of leadership appointments within the North American team as part of the company’s move towards a global business model.

Marla Ostroff (pictured left), who has worked at Ticketmaster for more than three decades, has been promoted to managing director of Ticketmaster, North America.

In addition, Trevor Allin has been promoted to executive vice-president, business and commercial operations, North America. He was most recently at the helm of the Canadian Ticketmaster business and will remain on in that role as managing director of Canada.

Maura Gibson, who has more than 23 years of ticketing and software experience within Ticketmaster, Live Nation and Front Gate Tickets, has been appointed to a new role as executive vice-president, client solutions and strategy, North America.

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Ian Taylor has been promoted to head of data at advertising agency krow group.

In his new role, he will work on developing and implementing data-driven insight and take responsibility for ensuring data best-practice for the company and on behalf of its clients.

Previously, he worked as the head of ticketing and data management for the firm, which joined forces with bigdog in 2019. He worked with client directors to propose, plan and execute eCRM strategies for clients, with focus on data collection/aggregation, analysis, and compliance.

Australian NRL rugby league club Melbourne Storm has announced the departure of chief executive Dave Donaghy, who will not be extending his contract past the current term of January 31, 2021 due to personal reasons.

Storm chairman Matt Tripp said the search for Donaghy’s successor will begin immediately. The club has appointed current chief financial officer Ashley Tucker as interim chief executive.