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People on the move: CGF, Atlanta Hawks, EngageRM and more

We round up the latest movements within the ticketing industry, including news from Formula 1, the Commonwealth Games, EngageRM and more…

Malcolm Duckett has been promoted to global head of commercial at PouchNATION, a guest management software solutions provider. Previously, he was the regional head of venues at the company, as well as the country head of Vietnam. Duckett joined PouchNATION over four years ago.

Joe Januszewski has been appointed as senior vice-president and division head with WME Sports. He will lead the service global property solution team in order to deliver naming-right deals, suite sales strategies and premium hospitality options. 

WME works across the world with some of the biggest sports teams, leagues and franchises. Most recently, Januszewski worked as the executive vice-president, chief revenue and marketing, for the Texas Rangers Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise. 

The Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA) has brought in Joel Browning as the franchise’s new executive vice president and chief financial officer. 

Previously, Browning was the vice president in the NBA’s Team Marketing & Business Operations office. He was an account manager for the Hawks, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Brooklyn Nets, Portland Trail Blazers, Philadelphia 76ers and the Sacramento Kings. 

Katie Sadleir (pictured) has been made the first female chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF). The New Zealander is arriving from World Rugby, where she has been serving as the general manager of women’s rugby, and will play a major part in the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in 2022.

Sadlier said: “With Birmingham 2022 fast approaching and the Games nearing its centenary in 2030, there is a fantastic opportunity to enhance our global sporting movement as one that is fully focused on community legacy, benefit and impact through sport.” 

In Germany, Donata Hopfen has been appointed as the new chief executive of the Deutsche Fussball Liga (DFL), which operates the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 football leagues. She will assume her position on January 1, as well as taking on the role of speaker of the executive committee.

Hopfen said: “I would like to express my thanks for the confidence placed in me. German professional football has a great tradition and is deeply embedded in society.”

The 45-year-old is currently managing director and a partner at BCG Digital Ventures, which is part of the Boston Consulting Group. 

Formula 1’s director of hospitality and experiences, Kate Beavan, will step down at the end of August 2021. Beavan joined F1 in 2003, and when the sport was acquired by Liberty Media in 2017, she became the director of the hospitality division. 

Marcelo Frazao has been made the marketing director of WTorre Entertainment, which is an arm of WTorre Group. He will take care of projects like the management of the stadium, Allianz Parque, which is home to Brazilian Serie A’s Sociedad Esportiva Palmeira. 

After joining EngageRM in April 2021 as the customer experience manager, Alex Stasyszyn has now been made the head of customer experience at the company. Stasyszyn was previously the client support manager for PHMG, an audio branding agency.

In Major League Soccer, Shari Ballard has been made the new chief executive officer at Minnesota United FC. Ballard boasts over 25 years of experience across business and Bill McGuire, MNUFC managing partner, said: “Shari is an extraordinary individual whose personal character, commitment to people and our community, passion for sports, and exceptional experience leading and working with others to grow and strengthen a locally-based, international company and brand is without reproach.” 

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