People on the move: OVO Hydro, Kulttuuritalo and more…

ASM Global / SEC / Anna Astell

We round up the latest movements from the ticketing sector and associated industries…

Glasgow’s Scottish Event Campus (SEC), which includes the OVO Hydro and The Armadillo, has appointed Colin Hartley as director of operations.

Hartley has worked on numerous landmark events in the country, including the Glasgow 2018 European Championships. He was also championships director for the 2015 FIG World Gymnastics Championships, hosted at the OVO Hydro, and was head of festival operations for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Hartley will oversee the running of SEC’s exhibitions, conferences and live entertainment shows.

Hartley said: “I’ve been fortunate to work across some of the world’s biggest and most exciting events and I’m delighted to be bringing that experience to the home of Glasgow’s best events – right here at the SEC. Glasgow and indeed Scotland, has the capacity to rival even some of the world’s biggest cities when it comes to facilities and accessibility and I’m looking forward to helping the SEC solidify its prominence on the global events stage.”

ASM Global has announced the appointment of Emilia Mikkola as general manager of Helsinki’s Kulttuuritalo venue.

ASM Global was recently appointed to run operations at the venue. Mikkola has been heavily involved in the planning and delivery of more than 30 events and festivals across Finland and Europe, and worked as event director at Telia-owned gaming event Assembly.

Marie Lindqvist, SVP operations Europe of ASM Global, said: “As ASM Global expands into Finland, we’re delighted to have Emilia on board to plant the flag in this exciting new market. Kulttuuritalo is a culturally rich and much-loved venue in Helskinki, and at this important time in its redevelopment, it is key that we have a best-in-class team on board to relaunch the venue with great success and phenomenal impact.

“Emilia comes with real, on-the-ground experience working across a huge array of live events of all sizes and scales, making her a perfect fit for a venue like this, which is prided for its varied and diverse programme of events.”

Florian Böhlendorf is to become managing director of Hamburg-based a.s.s. Concerts and Promotion after it was announced that long-time leader Michael Bisping is stepping down.

Böhlendorf will now collaborate with Dieter Schubert and Dirk Gehrmann at the top of the organisation, which Bisping has led since the 1980s. Bisping will remain a shareholder and offer advisory support to the new management.

A company spokesperson said: “Böhlendorf will now assume a management role at a.s.s. and acknowledges the significant legacy he is inheriting and expresses excitement about his new responsibilities. He acknowledges the remarkable achievements of Bisping, Schubert, and Gehrmann in shaping and establishing a successful agency over 37 years. Böhlendorf aims to build upon their foundation, working alongside a talented team of experienced professionals who are dedicated to further advancing the company.”

Football-focused full-service provider NewC has announced that Frederik Riber Larsen has joined NewC Sport as a business developer.

The appointment will enhance NewC Sport’s focus on the UK market, with Larsen to drive growth and forge partnerships with football clubs in the country. Larsen previously worked at Arriber and Bestyrelsesmedlem.

He said: “At NewC Sport, our unwavering mission is to empower football clubs to enhance their fan engagement and boost their commercial income through innovative digital solutions.

“I strongly believe in cultivating strong partnerships with every club we work with. We are more than just a ticketing solutions provider. When we strategically collaborate, we create value that allows the club to grow from within.”

Anna Astell has been named as director of audience and commercial at Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre. A specialist in strategy, commercial and insights, Astell previously held senior positions at BT and BBC.

Astell said: “It is with great excitement that I am joining the Lyceum’s leadership team, as it was on a school trip to the Lyceum where my passion for theatre began. As Scotland’s main producing theatre, the Lyceum sits at the heart of cultural Scotland.”