Dominic McKay is to leave his role as chief operating officer at Scottish Rugby to become the new chief executive of Scottish Premiership football club Celtic.
McKay (pictured centre) has been responsible for the management of BT Murrayfield stadium as well as all commercial, marketing, ticketing and communications activity at Scottish Rugby as COO since 2015. He originally joined the organisation as director of communications and public affairs in 2008.
McKay, who will replace outgoing Celtic CEO Peter Lawwell in July, said: “It is with great pride and enthusiasm that I look forward to beginning my new role as chief executive officer of Celtic. Celtic is the premier football club in Scotland and one of the most recognisable football brands globally, with our fans and sporting ethos known and respected throughout the world.”
Elsewhere, PTI Digital has appointed Bob Tait as head of digital engagement.
Tait was previously head of digital and marketing development at Middlesbrough FC, and has also held roles at Sunderland AFC and the English Football League (EFL).
Tait has over 20 years of experience in the digital sector, with nine years focused on sport, and will be working across PTI’s client roster, developing industry-leading models and solutions for the sport industry’s current and future challenges in transforming businesses and capitalising on digital potential.
Tait added: “PTI is an innovative, authentic organisation that understands the sports and entertainment industries with unique expertise. The team works with clients not just to come up with business development recommendations but walks alongside them to undertake and implement the changes within the business.”
PTI has also appointed Steven Ward as lead technology consultant in the venue tech team.
InCrowd, the fan engagement and data services provider, has appointed Michael Jones (pictured right) as chief operating officer.
Jones joins InCrowd with over 20 years’ experience working across data, CRM, strategy and marketing with major sports organisations. He was part of the ticketing strategy group for Rugby World Cup 2015 and has worked with other leading major rights holders and governing bodies such as British & Irish Lions, 6 Nations, EFL and Commonwealth Games 2022 on the implementation of data, insight and commercial strategies.
“I’m delighted to be joining InCrowd at such a pivotal time in digital transformation within sport,” Jones said.
“The business has grown exponentially in the last 18 months with its clear mission to drive ROI through data-powered digital experiences. I feel privileged to have joined the outstanding InCrowd team and look forward to making a significant contribution to the business operations of InCrowd and its rapidly growing customer base.”
ID&T, the leading European dance event organiser, has announced Rosanne Janmaat (pictured left) as its new chief operating officer. Janmaat began as an intern at the Netherlands-based company 14 years ago and has served on the board in 2020.
Janmaat will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of ID&T and will implement the strategy together with the business unit managers of ID&T Events, Awakenings, and Q-dance, among others.
In addition to her operational responsibilities, Janmaat will play a role in the creation of a number of new projects. She will also focus on the staff and the culture within the company.
Janmaat said: “From my first day at ID&T I have been inspired by our talented team that is able to realise the best possible products with unprecedented passion and I am grateful for our wonderful and loyal visitors. It is remarkable that this feeling remains unchanged almost 15 years later.
“Despite the fact that we are in a difficult situation, I fully trust that our brands are strong and I look forward to taking the experience for our visitors to the next level, with a focus on our unique creativity and innovation.”
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre has appointed James Pidgeon as its new executive director.
Pidgeon, who is currently director at Shoreditch Town Hall and will start his new role in June, said: “I have long admired the ambitious work of this incredibly special theatre that plays such a unique and significant role in the cultural landscape of London and beyond, and I very much look forward to joining Tim [Sheader, the artistic director] in leading the organisation through its next chapter of growth and development.”