People on the Move: Dice, EventsPass and more

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

Dice has appointed Ali Byrd as chief financial officer as it also announced a new $65m funding round.

Byrd (pictured left) joins Dice with more than a decade’s experience supporting fast-growth companies, most recently at Olive, a disruptive AI healthcare technology company based in the US.

Byrd, who previously held senior positions at Microsoft, CoverWallet and Limewire, will be based in New York.

Dice has also announced that Matt Pincus (pictured centre) , the founder of Songs Music Publishing, will join its board after he led the funding round. Pincus made the investment through his Music group that is focused exclusively on music and music-adjacent businesses.

Dice has recently made a string of strategic hires including the appointment of esteemed music industry veteran, Caron Veazey, to its board of directors, as well as former SVP of growth and marketing at HBO Max, Katie Soo, as chief business officer to help drive the company’s strategic growth propositions and marketing.

EventsPass has appointed Melissa Ooi as chief operating officer as part of a new leadership structure and vision for its role in the future of events.

Ooi (pictured right) joined EventsPass in 2022 as executive vice-president (US operations) and previously was executive vice-president at London-based ASP Inc, where she led formation and growth for global operations with strategic oversight of software development and managed services.

EventsPass has offices in Seattle, Washington state, and in Melbourne, Australia.

Ooi said: “We are focusing on future growth, and I am thrilled to lead this company to the next level. We have advanced software technology, a fresh take on support services, excellent clients, and so much more to come from this amazing team.”

WME has appointed Josh Javor as partner and co-head of the artist agency’s London music department.

Javor will report to Lucy Dickins, WME’s global head of contemporary music and touring.

Javor joins WME from X-Ray Touring, where he worked since 2005 with artists such as Queens of the Stone Age, Modest Mouse and Phoebe Bridgers. He has worked with a roster of new and emerging artists and stadium headliners, including The Charlatans.

Dickins said: “Josh has not only built a roster of artists that shape music, he’s also been an integral part of building the international touring industry as we know it today. With Josh coming on board, our London office is doubling down on being the leading team in the region and on the international stage.”

ASM Global has appointed Paul Bowles as the new general manager of West Virginia’s Mountain Health Arena and Convention Center, the largest multipurpose arena with attached convention centre in the tri-state.

Prior to coming to Mountain Health Arena, Bowles was the general manager at Appalachian Wireless Arena in Pikeville, Kentucky, where he drove the expansion of national acts and substantially increased annual revenue by 50%. He was also recently the executive director of tourism for the City of Pikeville where he oversaw tourism, special events and outdoor recreation for the city.

Doug Thornton, ASM Global’s executive vice president of stadiums, arenas and theatres, said: “Between his decades of experience and proven track record in the arena and convention space, we are confident that Paul is the perfect candidate to manage this venue. In this new role, Paul will be able to work closely with our partners, sponsors and the city to create new opportunities and continue the growth of the arena, bringing significant value to the area.”

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