People on the Move: Secutix, Vivenu and more

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

Secutix has appointed former Salesforce executive Mos Matin as vice-president of European sales.

In this newly created role, Matin (pictured left) will have overall commercial responsibility for Secutix in Europe. He will lead the development of the sales and marketing functions, helping customers to continue to expand and grow with Secutix.

Matin joins Secutix from Salesforce, where he was EMEA regional vice-president for over three years. During his time there, he played a key role in helping to scale the analytics business, securing some of its most significant clients in the region and helping the company maintain its position as the number one CRM platform globally.

Matin said: “This is a great time to join Secutix. The business is on a high growth trajectory, already established in the market with global brands, institutions, and organisations and at a critical point for scaling its business across Europe.”

Amy Mrazek has joined Vivenu as executive vice-president of marketing.

Mrazek (pictured centre) was previously vice-president of marketing for Leap Event Technology (formerly Patron Technology), where she stewarded all branding and marketing efforts for B2B event technology brands across the US, Canada, and Australia. She built its full marketing strategy from the ground up, and led a team of marketers and designers through multiple acquisitions and rebrands to create a strong, cross-functional team of experts.

“I was drawn to Vivenu for a lot of reasons, but there’s two that really stood out,” Mrazek said. “First, the product is on a whole other level from anything else I’ve seen in this industry. It’s going to revolutionise everything we know about ticketing, and I want to be a part of that.

“Second, the people. I’ve never met a team of people who were more passionate about their work or committed to its success. I met the founders at a ticketing conference in January and even then I could see their dedication to the industry and to event organisers. Every time I talked to them after that, my excitement grew with theirs.”

DeFy Tickets, the US-based blockchain ticketing start-up, has appointed former Dice executive Mike Rogers (pictured right) as vice-president of business development.

Defy, which is headquartered in Texas, said the addition of Rogers – who has also worked at Eventbrite and Ticketfly – is an important milestone as it looks to grow its US partnerships across the entertainment industry including performers, promoters, and venues.

DeFy Ticket co-founder Alec Jhangiani said: “Mike exhibits all of the characteristics we were seeking for this role: deep experience in ticketing, a belief in the promise of Web3 ticketing, and an entrepreneurial mindset. We know we have to offer a solution that is competitive now, while keeping an eye to what will be competitive in 5-10 years and Mike is the ideal person to represent that.”

Criena Gehrke has been named new executive director at Queensland Theatre, Australia’s third largest theatre company.

Gehrke joins with an extensive background in the arts industry and was integral in developing and delivering programmes and strategies that leveraged the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games to create legacy outcomes for the region’s artists, including Bleach Festival. She was also the inaugural chief executive of Home of the Arts (HOTA) on the Gold Coast.

“I am thrilled to be joining Queensland Theatre as executive director,” said Gehrke. “My love of theatre was nurtured in my formative high school years by the Queensland Theatre youth ensemble and theatre residency weeks and in my first professional job which was with this company.

“Queensland Theatre has a long history of excellence and I have long admired its dedication to telling stories that resonate with the people of Queensland. This is a homecoming for me.”

Paul Michael has been appointed as the new managing director of Coventry Building Society Arena.

Michael has been commercial director at the venue since 2019, a role which has included overseeing the commercial strategy for the business since being brough under new ownership.

Michael is also a board director of the AEV and chairman of Destination Coventry.

He said: “We have a superb team here at Coventry Building Society Arena, and with significant investment being made in the venue, means we are well-positioned to establish our name as a world-class destination for business, entertainment and sport.”

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