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Live Nation Entertainment (LNE) recently announced it has resumed its acquisition of Mexican concert promoter OCESA Entretenimiento from multimedia group Grupo Televisa and Corporation Interamericana de Entretenimiento (CIE) for $450m (£325m/€381m). 

President and chief executive of CIE Alejandro Soberón Kuri will serve as chief executive of the new venture and will sit on the board. 

LNE’s president and chief executive Michael Rapino will become the chairman of the venture’s board of directors. 

Kelly Cooke has been made the head of sponsorship for the newly rebranded United Rugby Championship. 

Cooke was previously working within racing series Formula E, and wrote on LinkedIn: “My time at Formula E has been incredibly rewarding and I have had the privilege of working with some of the best and brightest leaders in the industry. 

“Through this role I have been able to travel the world, deliver strategies and presentations to global brands from a wide range of industries, learn more about EV technology than I ever thought possible (I didn’t know what a chassis was when I started!), and watch the championship evolve and grow into the powerhouse is it is today. 

“I will miss everyone so much but it’s time for something new and exciting.”

Sports media company Sportsmate has appointed former Cricket Australia digital commercial strategist Mike Morris as general manager – commercial. 

Morris boasts more than 20 years of sales, marketing and commercial leadership experience. He has spent the last five years at Cricket Australia leading digital commercial growth. Morris’ role will act on building and growing the Sportsmate apps. 

Morris said: “I am thrilled to be joining Sportsmate to lead the next stage of its digital transformation and growth at a pivotal time of change in the sports landscape. 

“I look forward to working alongside Steve Danaher, Ben Fraser and the team to make a meaningful difference for brands looking to connect with passionate sports fans in unique ways and spanning the entire event lifecycle.” 

Chief revenue officer Steve Danaher added: “This newly created role is critical to the ongoing success of Sportsmate as we continue to grow our Live apps both domestically and abroad. 

“Mike’s vast experience will drive further connection to our case of apps for brands looking to engage with our very rich, loyal and passionate user base.” 

Elsewhere, and Kerrin MacPhie will take over from Jane Longhurst, who stands down in November, as the chief executive of the Meeting Industries Association (MIA). 

Prior to taking on her new role in November, MacPhie will continue as the head of business events at Visit Britain.

Joe Petrowski (pictured) is settling into his new role as director of ticketing and customer relations at Park Avenue Armoury in New York. Previously, Petrowski has worked as university box office manager for the NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts. He also had roles as box office associate for Blue Man Group and box office supervisor for the Joyce Theater Foundation. 

Hannah Varnum (pictured) is taking on her first role in the events industry as an arena programming trainee at the State Farm Arena, home of NBA basketball side Atlanta Hawks. 

She wrote on LinkedIn: “Exactly one week from today I’ll be starting my first full-time position with State Farm Arena/Atlanta Hawks. This position encompasses all of my passions and is exactly what I had hoped would come my way out of college.” 

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