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People on the move: MSG Entertainment, Co-op Live and more

Madison Square Garden Entertainment has promoted Randy Fibiger to the newly created role of senior vice-president, bookings.

In another newly created role, Josephine Vaccarello has been named as senior vice-president of MSG Live & Business Operations.

The appointments “will ensure that all live entertainment bookings are streamlined across MSG Entertainment’s portfolio of venues.”

Fibiger and Vaccarello will continue reporting to MSG Entertainment executive vice-president Darren Pfeffer, who said: “In elevating and expanding these two key roles within Live, we are ensuring that we are able to serve the industry and our fans in the best way possible.

“Josephine and Randy are instrumental to our live entertainment business. Their relationships within the industry and expertise across all areas make them integral in leading our business operations and bookings groups, respectively, ensuring MSG Entertainment continues to raise the bar in creating exceptional moments for artists and fans alike.”

The company’s portfolio includes Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, the Beacon Theatre and The Chicago Theatre.

Co-op Live, the planned new 23,500-seat arena in Manchester, has appointed a team to lead on sales of its premium hospitality offering.

The team (pictured), which will be responsible for the sale of 28 suites, 12 lounges and club spaces, and 2,196 premium seats, will be led by head of premium sales Becci Thomson. Paula Jupp also joins as senior sales manager after spending 15 years at the Manchester Evening News.

Three sales managers have joined the team. Maxine Price joins from Manchester’s AO Arena, Edward Coulson comes on board with a decade of commercial expertise across a range of sectors, and Mark Bennett will form part of the team after previously working in sales roles at Premier League football club Manchester City and Lancashire Cricket Club.

Oak View Group was supported by Elevate Sports Venues in the search for the team, which will be based out of Co-op Live’s new headquarters in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

Meanwhile, WEA, Warner Music Group’s label and artist services division, has appointed former NBA and Spotify executive Danielle Lee to the newly created role of president, Warner Music artist and fan experiences.

Lee will lead the artist services division, covering ticketing, marketing, account management, and data research and analysis.

In addition, she will focus on broadening the company’s overall global fan engagement strategy through the planning and execution of creative cross-channel campaigns for artists.

Lee joins WEA from her role as chief fan officer for the NBA, overseeing brand, creative, and multi-platform fan marketing globally.

Lee said: “In today’s world, it’s about the music and so much more – fans crave connection with their favourite artists through their shared interests and through memorable experiences, whether that be on social, gaming, audio, video, or in real life.

“I look forward to working with this talented team to provide world-class service to our artists while creating impactful experiences that put the fans at the centre of everything we do. It’s an honour to take on this role at a company like WEA with such a storied history.”

Elsewhere, Edinburgh-based online ticketing and livestream events platform Citizen Ticket has named four new hires as part of its development team, following its funding round at the end of last year.

Image by Lesley Martin: Philip Shaw-Stewart, Colin Palmer and Harry Boisseau from Citizen Ticket.

Emilia Bromby joins as a UX and UI designer, while Christian Paone takes on a quality assurance role and has 15 years’ experience in similar roles for a variety of global organisations working in financial services and tech consulting.

The four new hires will report to chief technology officer, Colin Palmer.

The two other appointments include Mark Williams, who moves from an agency background in-house to a role as a senior full stack developer, and James Voong, who previously worked at business intelligence specialists, Catalyst IT, will be joining the team as a PHP specialist developer.

Palmer said the hires mark an important milestone for the development team, adding: “We don’t see ourselves as just a ticketing provider for clients, we want to be a serious partner that can help improve their event experiences through our technological solutions.”

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