We round up the latest appointments in the ticketing industry…

Eventim UK chairman Nick Blackburn will be stepping down from his role on September 30. 

The ticketing services and live entertainment provider has announced that Blackburn will be stepping down from his position after 10 years at the company. 

Before joining Eventim UK in 2011, Blackburn was chief executive of See Tickets in the UK.

Blackburn said: “I have enjoyed my time at Eventim which turned out to be longer than I originally expected. I informed Klaus-Peter Schulenberg of my intentions last March as by then I had introduced John Gibson and Martin Fitzgerald to the company, both now managing directors at Eventim UK, thus keeping my promise that I would not leave until there was a strong management structure in place which could take the company forward. 

“I am now free to move on to consultancy work, to spend more time on an educational charity of which I am a trustee and complete some items in my bucket list, especially in travel.” 

Chief executive of CTS Eventim Klaus-Peter Schulenberg added: “Over the past 10 years, Nick has taken Eventim UK forward and strengthened its position in this important market. In addition, I would like to thank him for setting the course for the continued  positive development of our company in the UK. I wish Nick all the best for his future.” 

With Richard Cregan having been appointed chief executive of the F1 Miami Grand Prix in the US ahead of its inaugural race next year, Dorie Grogan has been brought in as the vice president of fan experience. Josh Young has also joined the project as the vice president of ticket sales. 

Football governing body FIFA has appointed John Nicholl as head of commercial revenues for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023. He was previously the head of commercial at TEG for three years in Australia. Kim Anderson has also been made the head of marketing services for the event. 

Elsewhere, Vivid Seats, the online ticket marketplace, has strengthened its leadership team with a series of appointments. Dan Timm has been brought in as the chief operating officer, while Tyra Neal will serve as the chief marketing officer. David Morris has been appointed as general counsel. Each will report to Vivid Seats chief executive Stan Chia.

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

France Margaret Bélanger (pictured) has been made the president of sports and entertainment for Groupe CH. Previously, Bélanger was the executive vice president chief commercial officer, the executive vice president of corporate affairs and chief legal officer, and senior vice president and chief legal officer for the Montreal Canadiens in the National Hockey League (NHL). 

Nathalie Nénon-Zimmermann has been made the chief marketing and revenue officer for French Ligue 1 side Olympique de Marseille. 

Hans Nissens has also announced that he has left Oxynade by SecuTix, where he was managing director. In a post on LinkedIn, he wrote: “Today was my last day at Oxynade by SecuTix. I want to thank all my colleagues, customers, and partners for the incredible [cooperation] in the past years.

“The moment has come to open a new chapter: A new venture in the field of Lead Generation and AI.

“Stay tuned.”

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